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Disgraced coroner Alan Crickmore who swindled estates of dead clients is to appeal sentence

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 12, 2014

Coroner Alan Crickmore who swindled the estates of dead clients, is appealing his jail sentence for fraud.

The solicitor, who was Gloucestershire’s coroner, pilfered almost £2 million from his clients between 1999 and 2011.

The Court of Appeal confirmed the 57-year-old of East Approach Drive in Cheltenham was appealing against his eight-year term.

A date is yet to be fixed for the London hearing. It is understood Crickmore will argue his sentence was too long and he wants it reduced by a year.

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

The court heard he plundered the money in a bid to balance the books at his firm, Alan C Crickmore in Cheltenham’s High Street.

Crickmore pilfered the estates of the late Kenneth Layton Goodwin, Josef Dziuma, Elizabeth Iles and Peter Mitchell. He also conned Judith Lorman and her son, Simon, as well as Clare Wilson and Sylvia Jones.

A relative of one of Crickmore’s deceased victims, who did not wish to be named, said they were disappointed by the appeal.

He said: “We were pleased with the eight year sentence and thought it was fair given his position and the amount of money that was involved for all the families.

“We would not want to see this reduced any further."

He added: “I do not want to see his sentence reduced and I hope it is thrown out by the judges. This has already caused us no end of stress and we just want it over with.”

Crickmore was arrested in January 2011 after a probe into his legal practice, which had been closed down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

The father-of-two was suspended by the SRA following a 30 year career during the investigation and struck off after receiving the jail sentence.

He stepped down from his position as Gloucestershire’s Coroner during the investigation, but still claimed a £60,000 a year salary for around 18 months.

He quit the role in November last year, being imprisoned later that month.

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