Newark solicitor jailed for two years for stealing more than £95,000 from clients
A Newark solicitor who stole thousands from clients and laundered money stolen from a grandmother has been jailed for two years.
The court was told David Grant didn’t only deceive his clients; they were also friends of his.
In 2015 the now 70-year-old was trusted by two of his friends to act as their solicitor to oversee of the sale of their business.
Instead of acting in a professional manner, Grant abused their trust and stole £95,740 from them.
The investigation also uncovered that he had colluded with a 41-year-old man who stole £6,000 from his grandmother.
Grant, formerly of Moor Lane in East Stoke, Newark, laundered this cash through his own bank accounts.
Although Grant was charged in 2015, the investigation had to overcome a number of professional and judicial challenges.
The case against Grant couldn’t be heard until his criminal associate had been dealt with — who eventually pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering offences and was given a two-year suspended sentence and 160 hours community service.
Grant’s trial concluded earlier this month at Leicester Crown Court.
After being found guilty of money laundering, breaching money laundering regulations and theft, he was sentenced to two years for the theft, 12 months for the money laundering and three months for the regulatory breach; all to run concurrently.
Detective Chief Inspector Ed McBryde-Wilding, of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said: “The lengthy process undoubtedly frustrated Grant’s victims, along with the witnesses who were prepared to attend court and give evidence, so I’m glad they have finally seen justice.
“The tenacity of Ds Doug Ing and financial investigators Andy Pollock and Michelle Tideswell was commended by the judge in court and I want to echo my thanks.
"Following the money can often be a long and arduous task, but it almost always pays off.
"We are not done there though, Proceeds of Crime Act is up next.”