A man who advertised a bogus property management firm and then stole rent has been jailed.
Scott Walker, 36, advertised ‘S Walker Property Management’ on Facebook.
A couple who responded owned a property in Redcar bringing in £550 a month in rent, but lost £6,100 after Walker stole every penny.
He had told the landlords that the tenants were in arrears.
The court heard that Walker, who pleaded guilty, had seven convictions and a history of deception.
Speaking for Walker, Andrew McGloin said he had offered to repay the money at £100 a month out of his benefits.
But Judge Stephen Ashurst said the landlords would have a better chance of recovering the stolen money if they applied to the county court.
He said he could impose a sentence of immediate custody because of Walker’s history and jailed him for ten months.
At an earlier case, heard in September after Walker tricked almost £4,000 out of three victims, he was described as a letting agent who had become jobless. He was ordered to repay about half the money out of his benefits.