Lincolnshire

Grantham lawyer jailed for theft and money laundering

Jacquelina Laverick
Image caption Laverick lived beyond her means, the court heard

A Lincolnshire solicitor who stole £214,000 from clients including her grandmother, has been jailed for three years.

Jacquelina Laverick, stole £50,000 while administering a will in which her grandmother was a beneficiary, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

The 32-year-old of Lodge Way, Grantham, had admitted theft and converting criminal property - money laundering.

Judge Michael Heath told Laverick she had behaved despicably.

He said she had committed a grave breach of trust.

Laverick practised under her maiden name Jacqui Johns at the Grantham office of Chattertons.

'Pure greed'

She stole from estates and from accounts she administered on behalf of other people, between December 2005 and June 2009.

She was eventually confronted by colleagues after a building society passbook went missing.

The court heard the victims had been refunded by insurers.

David Herbert, prosecuting, said Laverick spent money on a deposit for a second home, a Jaguar car and on household bills.

She was motivated by pure greed and lived a lifestyle beyond her means, he told the court.

Defence counsel Gordon Aspden said Laverick's personal life had been in turmoil at the time after she suffered five miscarriages.

Ian Jarman, head of the economic crime unit at Lincolnshire Police said: "This was a complex investigation into a professional who had a position of trust which she abused.

"This was a solicitor who was acting alone and no blame can be attributed to the firm for whom she worked."

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