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Former judge jailed for defrauding clients

27/01/2017

A former district judge and his assistant who defrauded nearly £1million from clients at their law firm - including £85,000 from an dead woman's will - have been jailed today (Fri 27 Jan).

Simon Kenny, 60, was convicted of two counts of fraud following a prosecution brought by the CPS Specialist Fraud Division at Southwark Crown Court.

Kenny was jailed for six years while assistant Emma Coates, 47, was also jailed for six years after being convicted of two counts of fraud for her role in the scam.

The trial heard how Kenny and Coates transferred money to themselves from the accounts of CK Solicitors in West Sussex over several years and Coates spent the proceeds on mortgage payments and an expensive Caribbean holiday.

Naheed Hussain, Deputy Head of the CPS Specialist Fraud Division, said:

"The prosecution showed how Simon Kenny and Emma Coates fraudulently took five-figure sums from their firm's clients, including £85,000 from the will of an elderly woman.

"Through detailed analysis of the financial transactions, prosecutors and investigators were able to present a compelling case to the jury which resulted in these convictions."

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