A mother and daughter estate agent duo who admitted to jointly being involved in defrauding tenants and landlords out of £266,000 have been jailed and applications made by police to retrieve the money under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Angela or ‘Colleen’ Treneer, 72, and daughter Elizabeth or ‘Ann’ Treneer, 38, ran now-defunct Cornish estate agency Premier Property Management and used much of the £266,000 to maintain their lifestyles, the court heard.
Elizabeth has now received a sentence of three years and four months while her mother Angela is to go to jail for a year and eight months.
At the sentencing hearing Judge Robert Linford said their crimes, which took place between 2009 and 2017, were “dishonesty on an industrial scale”. Their fraudulent activity came to light when several landlords and tenants complained to local Trading Standards about missing rental income and deposits.
Premier Property Management was then the subject of a BBC Inside Out investigation in late 2017 during which widespread abuses were highlighted by the mother and daughter including not returning deposits and failing to pay rent to landlords.
It later transpired during court hearings that the Treneers had been, as is often the case, ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’, a tactic that eventually collapsed and their frauds were unveiled.
At earlier hearings Angela Treneer pleaded guilty to fraud by dishonestly abusing her position, while Elizabeth Treneer admitted two counts of participating in a fraudulent business and perverting the course of justice over faked documents.