Hatfield woman conned 14 people into paying deposits to move into home she rented

PUBLISHED: 11:01 07 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:01 07 May 2015

Court report

Court report


A woman who cheated victims by advertising the house she rented for let, and pocketing the deposit cash, has been ordered to pay back more than £12,000.

Jecintha Krishnan, of Cherry Way, offered the property, arranged a moving in date and took the deposit money.

She would then cancel, but not return the cash.

St Albans Crown Court heard she had 14 victims.

Krishnan was charged with false representation in January and remanded in custody.

Yesterday (Wednesday) she was sentenced to 18 months behind bars.

As she has served eight months on remand, the judge ruled the remaining sentence would be suspended for 18 months.

She was told to pay back £12,237 to her victims, with one owed £1,600.

Krishnan will also have to do 100 hours of paid work.

Det Con Anna Luxon, from the Local Crime Unit at Hatfield Police Station, said: “There were 14 victims in total, the majority of whom were foreign nationals and it is likely that Krishnan preyed on their lack of local knowledge to obtain large sums of deposit money.

“Some of the victims were also students who would have lost money which would have been much needed for their studies.

“When officers attended the property to arrest her, they found another victim at the door, trying to get their money back.

“I am pleased with this sentence, in particular the order made by the judge to pay the victims back compensation.”

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