Husband of crooked lawyer ordered to pay back money stolen from clients’ estates

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The husband of a dishonest Grantham solicitor who was jailed for three years after stealing over £240,000 has been ordered to pay back £5,500 by a judge.

Jacquelina Laverick, who practised under her maiden name of Jacqui Johns, was locked up in January after stealing £243,000 from clients including her own grandmother’s inheritance.

32-year-old Laverick, who was the head of the wills and probate department at the Grantham office of the 200-year-old firm Chattertons, spent the money on a deposit for a second home, a Jaguar car and to pay off household bills.

A judge also passed a suspended prison sentence on her husband, Steven, 35, after accepting he was involved in laundering just a small amount of the cash and was now the sole carer for the couple’s two-year-old son.

Mr Laverick, who works for Rolls Royce, was found guilty of a single charge of converting criminal property relating to money paid into his LloydsTSB bank account.

A proceeds of crime hearing at Lincoln Crown Court yesterday was told Mr Laverick made a benefit of £9,500 from his role in the fraud.

The hearing was told Mr Laverick has available assets of just £5,500 and he was given six months to pay the money back.

Joe Spicer, prosecuting, asked for the confiscated money to be paid as compensation to the insurance company RSA who have already refunded their clients.

Making the confiscation order, Recorder Nigel Daly warned Mr Laverick he would face a prison sentence of four months if the money was not paid back within half a year.

At an earlier hearing a judge ordered £60,000 of Mrs Laverick’s remaining assets to be confiscated and paid as compensation to the insurers.

Mr Laverick, of Lodge Way, Grantham, was convicted of a single charge of converting criminal property.

He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment suspended for 18 months and ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work.

Mrs Laverick of Lodge Way, Grantham, had admitted 10 charges of theft involving a total of £214,870 and two charges of converting criminal property.

The offences took place between December 2005 and June 2009.