Peter George Bell, who ran the Enfields franchise in Northampton, will serve 26 months in prison after admitting 15 counts of theft and dishonesty according to PropertyIndustryEye. He has also been banned from acting as a company director for five years.
His co-defendant, Rebecca Kirton, was given a suspended sentence of four months.
The branch was closed suddenly in August 2015. The Enfields head office said that it had become aware of “serious financial irregularities” and after conducting its own internal investigation, reported the matter to the police.
Local estate agent Your Move was contacted to help affected landlords and tenants, who also received a letter from Enfields to confirm that the franchise had been closed and to apologise for any inconvenience and distress caused.