So­lic­i­tor to re­pay £308,000 he stole from el­derly client

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A CROOKED so­lic­i­tor who spent a third of an el­derly client’s £1m es­tate has agreed to pay most of it back.

Greedy Peter Philip Tay­lor, 65, took the money from Mary Wal­lace af­ter he was granted sole power of at­tor­ney for her fi­nances.

The for­mer part­ner at le­gal firm Nightin­gales, based in Poyn­ton, used the money to pay off his mort­gage and make im­prove­ments to his home.

He stole cash us­ing a bank card, wrote che­ques out to him­self, sold her As­traZeneca shares and put some in his own name.

Tay­lor spent a third of the £1m es­tate which had been left to the Sal­va­tion Army, Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety and the An­i­mal De­fence League, when she died in 2014.

He also stole £7,798 from an­other client, who died in 2012, by sell­ing her shares.

In April, Tay­lor, of As­cot Close, Con­gle­ton, was jailed for three years af­ter ad­mit­ting two charges of theft and four charges of fraud.

At a pro­ceeds of crime hear­ing at Ch­ester Crown Court on Fri­day, Tay­lor agreed to pay back £308,280 of the £370,000 he stole.

Peter Tay­lor

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