Defrauding Rotterdam house surveyors sentenced
The four surveyors provided false property assessments, enabling their partners in crime to sell houses at a much higher price.ROTTERDAM – Four surveyors in Rotterdam have been sentenced to 200 hours of community service and a conditional jail term of four months for working with swindlers to overvalue homes in the Rotterdam area.
Between 2004 and 2005, the four provided false property assessments for swindlers who bought the homes as investment, hence enabling them to sell the houses at a higher price.
The unsuspecting house buyers only discovered later that they had paid far more for the properties than they were actually worth.
The judge said the surveyors had undermined the confidence people have in estate agents, solicitors and surveyors.
The swindlers in the case were sentenced to 240 hours of community service and a conditional jail term of half a year.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica