Council rent thief to face cash seizure two years after being sentenced

Liz Kift
Liz Kift
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A woman who stole £18,000 from a cash strapped local authority could face having her assets seized despite the time that has passed since her sentencing.

Elizabeth Kift, a company director from Warton, near Preston, helped herself to the cash while working as a landlord liasion officer for Blackpool Council, a previous court hearing was told.

The 43-year-old, of Church Road, stole tens of thousands of pounds from the authority by manipulating bonds for rent over a period between January 2006 and December 2011.

She pleaded guilty to committing theft while working as a landlord liaison officer, and was sentenced in May 2015 to 14 months imprisonment.

A judge suspended the sentence for two years, with 12 months of supervision and 100 hours of unpaid work.

Kift’s crimes came at a time when Blackpool Council faced devastating budget cuts, resulting in hundreds of job losses.

Under Proceeds of Crime legislation, the authorities can revisit a convicted criminal’s assets and finances in the future, even if they are not deemed to have any assets to seize at the time they are prosecuted.
The Proceeds of Crime Act hearing is on July 28 at Preston Crown Court.