Coroner Alan Crickmore pleads guilty to £2 million fraud of the dead (UK)

Alan Crickmore, 57, admitted 16 counts of theft, seven of fraud by abuse of position and one of fraud between 1999 and 2011 when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court.

It also emerged that he has quit as Gloucestershire Coroner.

At an earlier hearing, a court heard that Crickmore was charged with abusing his position as a solicitor and abusing his position as an executor of a dead person’s estate.

Crickmore, of East Approach Drive, Cheltenham was released on bail by Judge Anthony Leonard QC ahead of his sentencing on November 28.

Police had launched an inquiry in January 2011 into alleged breaches of the solicitors’ code of conduct and accounting rules at Crickmore’s law firm in Cheltenham.

Alan C Crickmore Solicitors, which had an office in the town’s High Street, was closed down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in December 2010.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Sellwood, who led the investigation, said: ”This has been a meticulous and thorough two year investigation by Gloucestershire Police that followed an investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

”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.

”We will now await sentencing on November 28.”

Crickmore was suspended from his post as coroner when allegations were first made and he has now resigned.

A Judicial Conduct and Investigations Office spokeswoman said: ”Alan Crickmore, coroner for Gloucestershire, had voluntarily agreed not to sit pending the conclusion of criminal and disciplinary proceedings.

”Mr Crickmore has resigned from his post and has pleaded guilty to criminal charges at Southwark Crown Court today.

”As a result of his resignation the Judicial Conduct and Investigations Office no longer needs to consider Mr Crickmore’s conduct.’

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Coroner Alan Crickmore pleads guilty to £2 million fraud of the dead
A coroner has pleaded guilty to a £2 million fraud which saw him steal some of the money from the estates of the dead.
October 17, 2013
The Telegraph
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/10386151/Coroner-Alan-Crickmore-pleads-guilty-to-2-million-fraud-of-the-dead.html

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