A fraudster who conned a Pinxton couple out of £380 by pretending to be a landlord has received a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court heard how Curtis Hood, 31, of Beechwood Close, Sutton-in-Ashfield, pretended to be the landlord of a vacant Bolsover District Council property in Pinxton before taking a month’s rent from a couple.
Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “The offence relates to a Bolsover council-owned property that was rented to the defendant’s cousin but the cousin had given notice and had left the property.
“The defendant has then advertised the property for rent on the Gumtree website and the complainant and his heavily pregnant partner made enquiries, viewed the property and agreed to pay £380 in rent.”
Mrs Allsop also explained how Hood took the couple to a carpet shop and he agreed he would buy a new carpet to be fitted.
The couple moved in and soon became aware something was wrong, according to Mrs Allsop, when a member of staff from Bolsover council visited and explained the home was a council property.
Hood, who works for a furniture company as a fabricator, admitted to police he had spoken to the couple and taken their money after claiming to be the landlord of the property and had agreed carpets would also be provided.
The defendant pleaded guilty to committing fraud by making a false representation on March 26 to make a financial gain.
Hood, who represented himself, said: “I was wrong for what I did. It was for financial gain. There are no other issues in my life such as alcohol or drugs.”
He must also serve a 19-day ‘Thinking Skills’ programme, pay £380 compensation, £80 victim surcharge and £85 costs to cps.