The OFT has made a prohibition order against an Essex estate agent
banning him from estate agency work.

Martin Geoffrey Harvey was an employee of Spicer McColl Estate Agents
in Clacton-on-Sea, but is no longer employed by them. At Chelmsford
Crown Court on 10 June 2004, he was sentenced to twelve months imprisonment
in respect of offences under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act.

The OFT decided to ban Mr Harvey after receiving information about the
convictions from his former employer and concluding that he was unfit
to carry on estate agency work.

Christine Wade, OFT Director of Consumer Regulation and Enforcement
said:
'When choosing an estate agent, consumers need to know that they are
honest and trustworthy. If agents engage in any form of fraudulent
conduct, the OFT will take action to prevent them working in the profession.