Fake author of email leaves
The Palmerston North real estate agent who set up a fake email account and sent an intimidating missive to a building inspector appears to have parted company with JVL Prestige.
Paul Weldrand was fined $1500 and ordered to pay $1500 costs to the Real Estate Agents Authority for emailing Jeff Twigge in 2012.
In the message, Mr Weldrand used the name David S and said he would publicly question Mr Twigge's qualifications and charge rates at a first home buyers' conference.
Now Mr Weldrand's details have been removed from JVL's website and he told the Manawatu Standard: "They basically asked me to leave."
He declined to talk more about the situation, saying details were between him and JVL.
JVL principal John Van Lienen also declined to discuss the situation, referring the Standard to a statement he made over the authority's decision.
"Every employer has a risk when staff are dealing with the public," the statement said.
"We were very disappointed in Paul's actions.
"He has attended an [authority] hearing and he has paid his fine. The case is closed."
Mr Weldrand and Mr Twigge crossed swords over a report Mr Twigge completed into a house Mr Weldrand was selling on behalf of a 76-year-old woman who was looking to move into a retirement unit.
After the property's prospective buyers saw Mr Twigge's report, they pulled out of the deal and the woman missed out on the retirement unit.
The authority said it appeared the prospective buyers shouldn't have been able to cancel the contract, but Mr Weldrand's reaction was "most unprofessional and disgraceful".
Mr Twigge and Mr Weldrand had a confrontation at Mr Twigge's house, before he sent the emails.
He was outed as the author when Mr Twigge employed an IT expert to trace the emails.
One mention of Mr Weldrand remains on the JVL website, where the company lists its success at a "glitzy" Real Estates Results Network awards ceremony in Sydney.
Mr Weldrand was a nominee for the network's New Zealand agent of the year.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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