Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lawyer Plundered Pounds 630k from Dead

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lawyer Plundered Pounds 630k from Dead

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A former solicitor who plundered pounds 630,000 from grieving relatives has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Donald Halling ripped off the estates of more than 20 dead clients as he struggled to cover up his own blunders.

He had been a respected solicitor since 1974 but began his criminal deception in 1996 while working as a partner at Patterson, Glenton & Stracey in South Shields.

His first act of theft was to take around pounds 4,000 from one estate to pay compensation to another set of clients he had taken on.

His actions then spiralled out of control as he shifted thousands of pounds from client to client and ended up paying another couple in excess of pounds 400,000.

Newcastle Crown Court heard yesterday that after five-and-a-half years his actions were finally uncovered in 2002.

Forging key signatures to gain full access to the estates, Halling, of Central Avenue, South Shields, handed thousands of pounds to clients before stealing from other estates to cover his tracks. …

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