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Cumbria estate agents admit property survey fraud


Three former Cumbrian estate agents have been warned they face jail after admitting a £250,000 fraud.

Donald Smith, 55 and his 54-year-old wife Lynne, both of Stybarrow, Windermere, pleaded guilty at Carlisle Crown Court to fraud and deception.

Their former business partner Simon Hindle, 52, of Stroud, Gloucestershire, admitted the same charges.

The court heard for seven years they claimed qualified surveyors carried out work they actually did themselves.

Judge Paul Batty QC remanded the trio on bail for probation reports. They are due to be sentenced on 17 May.