Spanish rental fraud arrests

LAST UPDATED: 1 Oct, 2011 @ 09:23
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Spanish rental fraud arrests

By James Bryce

A BRITISH couple have been arrested for an alleged holiday rentals scam worth more than 150,000 euros.

John Treagust, 41, and his wife Amanda, 37, were picked up at a property in Mojacar following an eight month police operation.

The couple advertised Spanish rental properties, complete with photos and descriptions, on their website CostaBlancaLive.

Up to 60 holidaymakers, including a number of Britons, paid upfront for properties that were either occupied by their legitimate owners or rented out to multiple parties.

The clients – which also included French, Portuguese, Italians and Belgians – were contacted by email by the property management firm, but heard nothing once the deposit and balance were paid.

The couple posed behind a respectable facade, which included a blog entitled Life on the Costa Blanca.

The blog claims that CostaBlancaLive is ‘a small company that would be able to help UK residents find that property in Spain they had dreamt of.’

The investigation began following an initial complaint lodged by a French woman in February.

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