A lettings administrator who stole over £11,500 in tenants’ deposits has been given a suspended sentence as an “act of mercy”.
Amy Bygrave, 28, appeared at Luton Crown Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to stealing £11,573.43 from Connells lettings and estate agents between last August and February.
The court was told that Bygrave transferred unclaimed rental deposits into her own and a friend’s bank accounts, when they should have been put into the company account.
Judge Michael Kay QC said: “It wasn’t the most sophisticated fraud ever but you created an audit trail so that on the face of it, the funds were going back to the tenants.”
The offences only came to light when a tenant complained. After an internal investigation, Bygrave was found to have carried out around 20 such transactions and she was later sacked.
The court was told she has so far repaid over £1,150 to Connells.