Mortgage fraudsters sentenced to total of 7 years

A trio of mortgage fraudsters who used the proceeds of their crimes to fund a lavish lifestyle were sentenced to a total of seven years today at Maidstone Crown Court.

The actions of Dawn Simon, Peter Harvey and Daniel Wade were first brought to light in November 2011 after Harvey, 50, arrived at Sittingbourne Police Station to report that his partner Simon, 51, had used fraudulent methods to acquire her home using nephew Wade, 29, as a fake mortgage applicant.

In order to help Wade obtain a mortgage of £379,000 forged documents and payslips were submitted after which the property was occupied by Simon under a fraudulent tenancy agreement with Wade.

A subsequent investigation uncovered various other crimes by the trio, including benefits fraud, theft of personal details as well as mobile phones and jewellery.

All three parties were arrested in March 2012 and charged with four counts of fraud including benefit fraud, one count of conspiracy to launder money and one count of conspiracy to possess criminal property. A jury found all three guilty on 21 May.

On Friday 20 September, Simon was sentenced to serve three years in prison as was nephew Wade while Harvey was ordered to serve 12 months.