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Seaforth property manager sentenced for fraud and theft

SEAFORTH PROPERTY MANAGER SENTENCED FOR FRAUD AND THEFT
07 December 2018

A former Seaforth Senior Property Manager has been sentenced to 300 hours community service after committing almost $100,000 of trust account fraud.

Mark Laurence Ohrn, 45, was convicted in the Parramatta Local Court for taking almost $93,000 from his employer’s trust account, and unlawfully claiming more than $6,000 in rental bonds between 2015 and 2017.     

“Ohrn took advantage of his position and illegally accessed money that he was not entitled to,” Mr Kean said.

“He transferred the funds into his personal bank accounts, paid off credit card debt, and also deposited cash into personal loan accounts.”

“This type of behavior is absolutely disgraceful and very disappointing.”

The sentence comes after Ohrn’s certificate was cancelled in 2017 and he was disqualified for seven years in 2017.

NSW Fair Trading administers and enforces the Property, Stock and Business Agents Act, which regulates the handling, management and retention of trust money.

“These laws are designed to ensure that all those in the real estate industry act in a responsible and honest manner,” Mr Kean said.

“The State Government supports the real estate industry. The property sector is an important part of the NSW economy, but it’s frustrating when bad apples do the wrong thing.

“I hope this outcome reminds anyone considering stealing money from trust accounts that Fair Trading will take strong disciplinary action against those who do the wrong thing.”

Ohrn has the right to lodge an appeal.