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UPDATED WITH SENTENCE: Houseboat tycoon convicted for multi-million-pound fraudulent sales

|News, Fraud and economic crime

A property tycoon has been given a sentence of 12 years' imprisonment after having been found guilty of a £3.5 million fraud over claims he sold houseboats on a stretch of the river Thames that could not be lived in.

Myck Djurberg (64) was convicted at Kingston Crown Court for fraudulently selling houseboats without appropriate planning permission on 19 March 2024 and was sentenced on 27 March 2024 to 12 years' imprisonment at the same court.

Djurberg purchased the boatyard in 2011 and built a series of expensive houseboats, with the hope of developing the boatyard into a leisure marina resort. However, he did not obtain the appropriate planning permission for the boats and sold them without residential mooring licences.

Djurberg had assured his clients that the houseboats could be used for residential purposes and that they would have no issues in mooring them long-term. After the sales had gone through and the purchasers moved into their houseboats, they discovered that Djurberg did not have planning permission for the project and the moorings he had sold were unlawful.

River Thames area where Djurberg fraudulently sold houseboats and moorings. 

After a police investigation it was found that Djurberg had only acquired planning permission for leisure mooring, not residential. He had also not paid the Environment Agency for this license. The local authority, Richmond Borough Council, which had served several enforcement notices on Djurberg, attended the location, and removed some of the unlawful pontoons.

Andrew West, Specialist Prosecutor for the CPS said:

“Djurberg did not have planning consent in place to use boats for residential purposes, as dwellings nor for commercial business occupation.  

“Despite this, he fraudulently sold five houseboats, financially gaining from the misfortune of his customers.

“Following this conviction, we will pursue confiscation proceedings to ensure that Djurberg pays back the money he gained through this criminal operation.”

Notes to editors

•    Andrew West is a Specialist prosecutor for the CPS Serious Economic Organised Crime and International Directorate (SEOCID)
•    Myck Djurberg (DOB: 22/03/1960) was convicted of three counts of fraud by false representation and one count of fraud on 19 March 2024 in Kingston Crown Court. 

•  Myck Djurberg (DOB: 22/03/1960) was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment on 27 March 2024 at Kingston Crown Court. 

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