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Mortgage fraudster who faked wife’s wage slips given suspended sentence

by: Karin Wasteson
  • 20/09/2017
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Mortgage fraudster who faked wife’s wage slips given suspended sentence
A mortgage fraudster who faked his self-employed wife's wage slips in order to obtain a Santander mortgage has been spared jail following his guilty plea.

Roland Palla, 40, of Marston, Oxford, received an eight month prison term, suspended for 12 months, while also being ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work for pleading guilty to the single count of fraud by false representation, which he conducted in October 2014 .

Palla currently lives in the house after having legally taken out a second mortgage and has never missed a payment.

Oxford Crown Court heard how Palla thought that his wife’s self-employed status might present a problem in securing the mortgage on the £350,000 detached house, despite having enough of an income for the application to be approved.

As the Oxford Mail reported, an unnamed individual was therefore tasked with issuing forged wage slips which indicated that Palla’s wife was employed, rather than being self-employed.

It was only the employed status which was changed on the slips, and not the amount of income earned. At the hearing, Palla took full responsibility and admitted his wife had nothing to do with the fraud.

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