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Fraud - agency maintenance chief steals almost £100,000

A lettings agency maintenance manager stole almost £100,000 from her company - but has escaped prison.

Farida Mughal was working at the Whitegates agency in Dewsbury and over 18 months from mid-2019 submitted fake invoices purportedly for maintenance work at some of the branch’s 360 properties.

News website Yorkshire Live, reporting the court case, says some of the work invoiced for would be carried out, but some not.


The court heard that Mughal also paid deposits and bonds from tenants into an account under her control and two others, including her husband.

In total £92,837.42 was diverted from the branch.

Mughal was interviewed by police in May 2021 after the branch managing director conducted an investigation into missing funds.

The court heard that Mughal had challenging domestic circumstances and owed money to loan companies; in addition it was reported that she had two convictions for battery, for offences that took place after the fraud.

His Honour Judge Simon Batiste sentenced Mughal to two years imprisonment suspended for two years, and undertake 10 days rehabilitation activity and 200 hours of unpaid work. 

You can see the full court report on Yorkshire Live here.

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    Not jailed? Judges really have gone soft. £100k and two convictions for battery? If she had been male she would be inside.


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