'Thoroughly dishonest' agent jailed for 10 months

'Thoroughly dishonest' agent jailed for 10 months

Branded 'thoroughly dishonest' by the judge who sentenced him, rogue estate agent, Stephen John Jones is now behind bars for 10 months as a result of trying to swindle an 89-year-old woman by buying her flat in his wife's name for £10,000 less than he intended to sell it.

Jones - who used to run Conwy Estate Agents before its closure- pleaded guilty to attempting carrying out a “back to back sale”.

Jones received a genuine offer of £27,000 for the flat which he failed tell the pensioner, who intended to use the money to pay for her nursing home costs.

Thankfully, the transactions didn't go through after police discovered the fraud, following a tip-off.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard that the 89 year old owner of a flat in Colwyn Bay was in a nursing home; her flat was advertised in Jones’s agency and was to be sold for £17,000 at the end of 2014.

It came to light that Jones was selling the property to his wife. There was the alleged intention to then enter a so-called back-to-back sale, for as much as £27,000. However, the sales were halted when the police became involved.


Defending, Owen Edwards, reported that Jones was a hard working family man, building up his business and renovating properties for other people.

The Wales Daily Post quotes Mr Edwards who said: “As a result of that work he became an estate agent because there were advantages in having ‘a one stop shop’. But he was to discover he was a far better property developer than an estate agent.

At the end of 2014 he was taking active steps to cease trading as an estate agent.” Mr Edwards added: “He’s entirely aware he’s the author of his own misfortune. It’s a case where others will suffer as a result.”

However, Judge Harris-Jenkins told Jones he had acted “in a thoroughly dishonest manner” which could have been to the detriment of an elderly woman needing the cash to pay for her care.

Jones was jailed for 10 months.

Join our mailing list:

Leave a comment



Our Next Event

Buy-to-Let Roadshow April 2017

Buy-to-Let Roadshow April 2017

Crewe - 18/04/2017

Northampton - 19/04/2017

Essex - 20/04/2017

Brighton - 21/04/2017

Register now

Latest Comments

MBM Homelets
MBM Homelets 23 Mar 2017

Although this is a very positive step, there is little or no guarantee of the standard of workmanship employed by the tenants. We have had experience of a professionally decorated property being ' painted'...

view article
ajay
ajay 21 Mar 2017

How is the "robust evidence" looking now?

view article
NathanG
NathanG 20 Mar 2017

I've been watching the series so far and am completely baffled by the cases that were presented. Though, I don't think that we can protect ourselves from every scam possible - it will just make the scammers...

view article
Landlady14
Landlady14 01 Mar 2017

You would think so Niraj Shah! My experience only proves that there are varying qualitiers of professional in all aspects of property letting. None of the ones I have dealt with, from letting agents to...

view article
Mark
Mark 01 Mar 2017

Thanks for this article. Hopefully one day everybody's lifestyle will be eco-sustainable.

view article
Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor 28 Feb 2017

I was convinced that London was the most expensive!

view article
Alan Read
Alan Read 28 Feb 2017

Australia are leading the way in this I think. The trouble with Britain is we don't get enough sun to make use of solar power.

view article
James Powell
James Powell 27 Feb 2017

This is a very good news.

view article
DanHumphreys
DanHumphreys 27 Feb 2017

It sounds like a good idea. Anything to help the younger generation get a foothold.

view article
Matt
Matt 20 Feb 2017

Is this fake news?

view article
Matthew Hollywood
Matthew Hollywood 07 Feb 2017

Matthew Hollywood - Director Mishon Mackay Land & New Homes - Brighton The shortage of New Homes is in part effected by the lack of land sales. Land sales are held back because there is a disparity between...

view article
CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 30 Jan 2017

Hi Graham, Would be interesting to see the above figure calculated against an investment via a Lt Company /SPV structure and if the investor found themselves pushed in to the higher tax bracket. Mortgage...

view article

Related stories

More articles from Business

Buy-to-Let Roadshow
April 2017

18th-21st April

4 days
7 specialists
4 locations
Free to attend

Click here to register now