A woman who fraudulently gained over £700,000 by abusing her position as a solicitor has recently been jailed.
40-year old Caprice Chaneele Lindo was sentenced to three years and six months in prison, having originally pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud as well as money laundering at a previous hearing.
On October 6, 2013, Lindo started working a solicitor’s firm in Leigh, and was assigned to handle a client’s property purchase in Warrington.
She transferred £151,090 from the client’s account a week later, but had amended the payee to a Huddersfield based associate.
As each member of staff was only able to access files using a specific code, the transaction was eventually traced back to Lindo.
After a police investigation, several other fraudulent transactions were revealed and Lindo was subsequently arrested in March 2014.
Cumulatively, her crimes reached a total of £719,744, with the current loss amounting to £225,459.
Commenting on Lindo’s actions was Detective Constable Shaun Nicholls, of GMP’s Fraud Investigation Team. He stated: “This was an audacious string of crimes where Lindo shamelessly abused her positions of trust and responsibility.
“Her selfish actions caused customers, colleagues, and other organisations undue stress and confusion, and determined efforts are still being made to ensure all the money is returned to its rightful owners.
“I hope this outcome brings home the message that fraudsters who think they can get away with deceitfully feathering their own nests will be brought to justice with robust consequences.”