Disgraced letting agent Michael Gill is back in the trade despite being banned as a director after his business featured on BBC TV’s Watchdog programme over financial irregularities.
Gill, 39, ran The Property Bureau (UK) Ltd that is in liquidation with debts of £2 million.
Only two weeks ago, Gill was banned as a director for seven years. Now, according to the Daily Mirror, he is helping out the owner of another letting and estate agent – Charles Barnard, of Shepton Mallett, Somerset.
Gill’s wife, Tracy, aged 51, was also banned earlier this month as a director for three years over The Property Bureau scandal.
During the insolvency investigation, about £300,000 in rent collected was not paid on to landlords and £14,000 in tenant deposits went astray.
The company also failed to file any accounts during four years of trading.
Mr Gill claimed he did not know about the financial issues, but the Insolvency Service found that he was “in charge of the day-to-day running of the company”.
Mrs Gill allegedly sold the couple’s London home for £1.5 million and they bought a £500,000 home in the West Country.
Student property agents face fraud charge
In a separate case, a student letting agent in Leeds who was also subject of a BBC Watchdog investigation has been charged with money laundering and conspiracy to defraud.
Tariq Zaman, 42, of Manor Drive, Headingley, appeared at Leeds Magistrates Courts with his brother Khalid Zaman, 38, of Hollin Mount, Weetwood.
Both are charged with conspiracy to defraud.
Tariq, former owner of Providence Properties, Victoria Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, is also faces seven money-laundering charges.
Both will appear at Leeds Crown Court for trial.
Tariq is due back at Leeds Magistrates on December 8 regarding an unpaid fine from December 2009.
He and Khalid were fined £5,620 for failing to licence for four shared rental homes under house in multiple occupation (HMO) rules.