Rogue agent 'can repay only £3k of £50k owed'
A Suffolk letting agent who reportedly cheated his clients out of tens of thousands of pounds has been ordered to hand over his realisable assets of nearly £3,000.
It has been calculated that Roy Jackson owes some £49,544.57 to tenants and landlords who used his Ipswich business, Suffolk Lettings, but so far only £2,964.27 has been paid back from his assets.
If he fails to pay the money by April 30 he must serve a further six weeks in jail in default, added to a 20 month sentence his is currently serving.
The judgment was made at a Proceeds of Crime hearing at Ipswich Crown Court, and reported by the Ipswich Star newspaper.
Jackson - who was falsely claiming ARLA membership - was imprisoned in November 2014 after a fraud which the prosecution originally valued at £68,000 before revising it to nearer £50,000.
He is alleged to have cheated 31 of his landlords out of money relating to about 50 properties.
Jackson, 40, was tracked down at Stansted Airport last year, allegedly preparing to fly to Ibiza. At the time of Jackson’s arrest he had found employment as a lettings manager at an agency in Finchley, north London.