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Coroner used clients' money as "personal piggy bank" in £2m fraud
3:20pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
POLICE who investigated coroner Alan Crickmore for two years have welcomed his admission of a £2million fraud against clients of his law firm.
He plundered money from the estates of clients who had died when he was the executor of their wills and took money which he was holding on trust for clients involved in financial transaction.
Crickmore, aged 57, of East Approach Drive, Cheltenham, who had been the Gloucestershire coroner since 2005, was 'using clients' money as his own personal piggy bank,' said the detective who brought him to justice.
"Putting it simply he was using his clients' money to finance his own lifestyle," said Detective Chief Inspector Dave Sellwood.
He spoke after Crickmore pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown court to 24 offences of fraud, theft and abuse of his position as a solicitor. He was released on tagged curfew pending sentence on Thursday, November 28.
Detective Chief Inspector Sellwood added: "We are pleased that now, having been faced with overwhelming evidence, Mr Crickmore has acknowledged his guilt to 24 of the 25 charges put to him.”
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