Cumbria mortgage broker jailed for fraud
A Cumbria mortgage broker has been jailed for three years after admitting fraud.
Nigel McClements, 42, of Scaleby, near Carlisle, had admitted four charges of fraud by false representation and one of money laundering.
He was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court on Wednesday to two years and three months for the fraud offences and nine months for the money laundering.
Police said he "abused his professional status to defraud innocent homebuyers".
They said they had started an investigation after being contacted by people who said they had paid fees for mortgage applications and surveyors' reports that had not been progressed.
Police said the full extent of losses was estimated to be more than £70,000.
McClements was arrested in Belfast in October 2010.
Det Con Chris Brennand, of Cumbria Police, said: "McClements abused his professional status to defraud innocent homebuyers of their hard-earned cash.
"He and his partner lived above their means using other people's money and now McClements will have significant time to reflect on his actions while he's behind bars."
His partner Andreana Humble, 46, admitted acquiring criminal property. She was given a six-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, told to carry out 80 hours unpaid work and given a six-month supervision order.