Tenancy scammer with links to Pagham faces 25 months in prison

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A tenancy scammer with links to Pagham is facing 25 months in jail on multiple charges.

Natalie Chamberlain, aged 40, c/o HMP Bronzefield, admitted to nine charges related to tenancy fraud and faking documents in Sheringham last year, as well as one count of possessing an article for use in fraud in Pagham, near Bognor Regis, Norfolk Police said.

Appearing at Hendon Crown Court on Friday, April 26, she was sentenced to 16 months in prison for the Norfolk frauds, and then a further nine months which related to a Metropolitan Police case for a theft in dwelling linked to fraud – adding up to 25 months in total.

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A Norfolk Police spokesperson said Chamberlain, who has a history of dishonesty and has been known to operate under a string of aliases, including Collins, Murrell, Rivers, and Kavanagh, agreed to rent a property in Sheringham at the end of December 2022. Although she was due to pay £1,036 on 7 January 2023 and a normal month’s rent on 7 February 2023 of £850, she sublet the property to a couple who, after viewing it, signed a rental agreement and sent her £1.900. They sent a further payment to cover the TV licence.

Natalie Chamberlain, aged 40.Natalie Chamberlain, aged 40.
Natalie Chamberlain, aged 40.

Just before they were due to move in, however, Chamberlain claimed they could not because the property’s roof had fallen in.

"Under the scam people handed over cash thinking they were securing a rental property for themselves and that Chamberlain was their legitimate landlord,” the spokesperson said.

“During these interactions Chamberlain told various lies about being a paramedic, having illnesses, family illness, and being in the army.”

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The legitimate landlord who lent the home to Chamberlain never saw any of the money and, in a letter read out to the court, detailed her distress: “The first thing that Natalie ever said to me was that ‘I have stage three stomach cancer’ this was the hook that she used to catch me.

“I had been diagnosed with stage three cancer two months earlier and was about to start chemotherapy.

“I tried to help Natalie because I sympathised with her, I allowed her into my home, something that I never do as I value my privacy.

“When I discovered that I had been conned by Natalie and lied to using the most grotesque excuse, I felt a myriad of emotions; embarrassment, shame, anxiety and depression.

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“This continued during four months of chemotherapy and I could not and still cannot believe that somebody could be so cruel.”

PC Victoria Sweetland said added: "Natalie Chamberlain took advantage of the situation using people's vulnerabilities to make a gain for herself with no thought given to her victims.

"I hope the sentence will bring some peace to the victims, after all the deceit and stress they have endured."