Cumbria survey fraud estate agents jailed

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Three former estate agents who carried out a £250,000 property survey fraud in Cumbria have been sentenced.

Donald Smith, 55, his wife Lynne, 54, both from Stybarrow in Windermere, and their ex-business partner Simon Hindle, 52, had admitted fraud and deception.

Hindle, from Stroud in Gloucestershire, and David Smith were both jailed for 16 months at Carlisle Crown Court.

Lynne Smith was given a 16-month term, suspended for 24 months, and ordered to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work.

A previous hearing was told that for seven years they claimed qualified surveyors carried out work they actually did themselves.

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