Fake landlord jailed and fined

Luton Crown Court

Luton Crown Court

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Moses Ogoe, 24, from Hitchin Road, Luton was jailed last week for 6 counts of fraud in relation to obtaining properties with false documentation, converting the properties into Houses of Multiple Occupancy and then renting the properties out pretending to be the landlord.

In seven properties Mr Ogoe continued to pretend to be a landlord even while on court bail.

He produced documents claiming to be a doctor, a security manager and a catering manager. In reality, he was a temporary security guard. On a number of occasions, he evicted people without notice if they failed to pay an increase in rent immediately.

In sentencing Ogoe, Judge Kay QC at Luton crown Court told him: “You saw an opportunity to rent relatively sizable properties and sublet them to desperate individuals who needed somewhere to live. You were not providing a public service because you did this for greed.”

Ogoe, who pleaded guilty, will now serve 16 months and pay £7,500 in costs. The court also ordered that the computers used to create the false documents be forfeited.

His sister, Rebecca Ogoe was given a conditional discharge as the judge felt her brother had manipulated her in this case.