In a shocking new scandal, New Idea can reveal that Susan Hannaford faces being thrown in jail accused of scamming businessmen out of tens of thousands of dollars.
The 64-year-old is currently being sued in America for fraud over renting out the family’s $7 million home as vacation accommodation, billing it as ‘the Palazzo Beverly Hills’ used by celebrities and royalty.
Bombshell court documents list a series of shocking allegations against The Sullivans actress, her mum Norma – who allegedly died in 2009 – and Susan’s pretty daughter Marquessa.
After being lured in by fancy reviews, when clients arrived at the property they found it to be a decrepit mess filled with broken furniture, dirty laundry and blocked drains.
The official case documents, detailing the business owner’s ongoing action against Susan and her family, say: ‘In reality, the property is a poorly maintained, trash-filled dump, wholly unsuitable for the needs of the consumers and vastly overpriced.’
It says Susan rents out the property via a number of websites, including Airbnb and its own site, PalazzoBeverlyHills.com, using fake reviews to make it sound as luxurious as possible.
‘Susan and her family are accused of behaving like a gang of grifters, conning people who fall into their web and ripping them off,' a source told New Idea.
It’s also been suggested that ‘Susan stays in the property during the rentals with the kids, in a part of the house called the “Master Suite” that guests aren’t allowed to enter.
‘There is also a suspicion that when guests are in the house, the kids come out at night and do damage like kick in the leg of a piano, which the guests are later blamed for and lose their security deposit.'
Added the source: ‘Susan’s hardly left the place in the last few weeks though. She’s trying to keep as low a profile as possible.’
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