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Estate agent sentenced to four and a half years in prison

Richard Charles Hall has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison after carrying out fraud offences and perverting the course of justice.

Hall, from Ecclestone, St Helens, was sentenced on January 14, 2019, having been found guilty of seven offenses.

The offenses include defrauding several people of more than £40,000 through his business dealings, and dishonestly selling Brooklands Sales & Lettings Ltd, claiming he owned the full company, despite having received investment from a third party.

Hall was first made bankrupt in 2012 with the restrictions lifted in 2013, but when he was made bankrupt again in 2014, Hall attempted to conceal a bank account from the Official Receiver and his shares in Brooklands.

Investors found he was operating the sole trader company Brooklands Sales, alongside the company he had sold unbeknownst to the new owners of Brooklands.

Hall presented falsified banking material intending to convince the court he had paid back monies for the sale of Brooklands.

Prior to his sentencing, Hall received a suspended prison sentence in 2013 for possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, and in 2015 was convicted of a battery offence.

Judge Watson QC outlined the importance of trust and integrity in estate agents, stressing that Hall had lied, exploited others and deliberately withheld important information form the Insolvency Service to try and prevent the course of justice.

The Insolvency Service chief investigator of criminal investigations John Fitzsimmons says: “Richard Hall’s behaviour has been deceitful and calculating throughout, whether that was defrauding landlords or undermining the Official Receiver from doing their job.

“This has been an extensive investigation covering many areas of criminality and we welcome the sentence handed down by the courts.”

Merseyside Police Detective Inspector Steve Ball adds: “We are pleased that Richard Hall has been sentenced and hope it brings some comfort to the victims of his crimes that he is now behind bars.

“Hall played on people’s trust, defrauding them of large sums of money and exploiting them for his own financial gain.”

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