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Agent jailed after using client's details to take out £30,000 in loans

An estate agent has been jailed for 18 months after he took out £30,000 worth of loans in the name of a client whose house he was selling. 

News outlets in Berkhamstead report that James Beck, from Royal Wootton Bassett, was employed by an agency in Berkhamsted when he used a female client’s details to open a bank account and secure two loans of £15,000 each. 

Beck took his family to Mexico on holiday with some of the proceeds. 

After being arrested it was discovered that Beck fraudulently used his wife’s cheque book and her credit card as well. 

The offences took place in 2016 and 2017. 

While on bail Beck fled to South Africa in an attempt to evade police but was arrested at Heathrow airport early this year and remanded in custody. 

He was charged with nine counts of fraud and two counts of stealing bank loan funds totalling £30,000. Beck pleaded guilty to all the offences when he appeared at St Albans Crown Court.

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