Michael Hunter, a former corporate maintenance manager at Corby Borough Council, botched an extension at his home and then forged a building regulations certificate allowing the home to be sold to a couple in their 80s who were left thousands of pounds out of pocket.
The couple, in their 80s, discovered the “confidence trick” when they tried to sell the £180,000 house, in Market Harborough, a year later.
The judge was told the fraud wiped up to £50,000 off the house value, until remedial work was done.
Sentencing, Judge Silvia De Bertodano said: “This was a confidence fraud. The complainants ended up trapped in a house you fraudulently sold them.”
A Corby Council spokesman said: “We can confirm that Michael Hunter did work for us, and does not any more.”
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