Disgraced solicitor jailed for defrauding his firm out of £13,000
A former solicitor who defrauded the clients of his Liverpool based firm out of more than £13,000 has been sentenced to 12 months today (25 Feb).
Gregory Davies, 30, had been working at the firm for a number of years when the managing director became suspicious in 2016. Davies had asked a client to pay money into an account at a bank the firm did not use. Further enquiries were made and more discrepancies came to light.
At an earlier hearing at Liverpool Crown Court Davies pleaded guilty to fraud in relation to 53 separate incidents.
Pascale Jones from CPS Mersey-Cheshire said:
“Gregory Davies kept deceiving his employer for approximately nine months, hoping that his fraudulent activities would go undetected.
“When they were exposed, he expressed more self-pity than remorse for his actions, he was very keen to blame others for his brazen course of conduct.
“The sentence reflects the dim view taken by the courts about this level of dishonesty from professionals who are expected to observe high standards and behave like officers of the court.
“The Crown Prosecution Service will be relentless in holding to account corrupt practitioners who bring their profession into disrepute.”
A file was discovered on his office computer entitled “Greg’s pension plan” which contained names of the firm’s clients and work which had allegedly been done but the firm had not in fact been paid for that work.
It was eventually discovered he had been getting clients to pay into accounts that did not belong to the company.
In total he defrauded his firm out of almost £13,400 over nine months and moved the money to his bank. The money was found in his own account.
Notes to editors
- On 28 January, Gregory Davies (DOB: 27/04/1988) pleaded guilty to:
- Fraud by false misrepresentation
- Pascale Jones is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Mersey-Cheshire