An estate agent manager has been accused of conspiring with his girlfriend to pocket thousands of pounds of lettings fees for properties turned into brothels and cannabis factories.

Seun Alliu, who worked for Andrews Lettings Agency in Morden between 2011 and 2013, is accused of exploiting his employers to pocket about £5,000 in lettings fees for properties around Merton.

Some of the properties, which include homes in Arthur Road, Wimbledon and Llanthorny Road in Morden, were subsequently turned into cannabis factories or brothels.

The 33-year-old, who used to promote music nights at exclusive Wimbledon members’ club Prophecy, faces 13 counts of fraud by abuse of position.

Mr Alliu’s former girlfriend, Dora Vasas, was allegedly assisting him in the fraud by forging tenancy details to obtain references from LetRisk. She faces eight charges of fraud by false representation.

LetRisk is a property insurance company which describes itself as offering an expert tenants’ referencing service.

Miss Vasas, 28, is also accused of a theft by stealing a £500 cash deposit from a tenant.

Appearing together at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court yesterday, the pair indicated pleas of not guilty.

Claudius Taylor-Sonko, prosecuting, said: "Some of the premises had been let out to unscrupulous people who used them for purposes such as cannabis factories and brothels.”

They were bailed on the condition Mr Alliu, now living in The Drive in Hove, does not attempt to contact Miss Vasas, who gave an address of Broughton Road, Salford in Milton Keynes.

The pair are due to appear at Kingston Crown Court on Wednesday, February 18.