The Daily Telegraph

Lawyer jailed over £600,000 fraud


A lawyer who defrauded the Commonweal­th and a leading US law firm out of £650,000 has been jailed for seven and a half years.

Joshua Brien, 47, a dual Canadianau­stralian citizen, diverted just over £150,000 into his bank account while employed at the Commonweal­th Secretaria­t in London, Southwark Crown Court heard. The fraud came to light two years later when he diverted £403,232 and later £90,000 into his account while at Cooley, a US law firm.

Brien, of Notting Hill, west London, was convicted of three charges of fraud by abuse of position and one charge of fraud by false representa­tion between January 2015 and Oct 25 2019.

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