So­lic­i­tor stole from dead

The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

A SO­LIC­I­TOR HAS been jailed for 22 months for steal­ing £43,450 left by dead clients in their wills.

Alan Ben­stock, 51, a for­mer deputy coroner, used the money to fund his daugh­ter’s pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion, cover fam­ily med­i­cal bills and pay the mort­gage on his home in Chapel Aller­ton, Leeds.

He ad­mit­ted nine charges of theft over a four-month pe­riod in 2006.

The court heard how Ben­stock had lost his job at a Wake­field law firm, his home, and was di­vorced by his wife af­ter the thefts came to light in 2007.

Rabbi Daniel Levy, of Leeds’ United He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion, was among those who gave ref­er­ences on Ben­stock’s be­half.

Jeremy Bar­nett, de­fend­ing, said Ben­stock had been liv­ing be­yond his means. MAR­CUS DYSCH

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