Leeds solicitor denies theft of £1.4m

A solicitor accused of plundering his firm's accounts of £1.4m to fund a lavish lifestyle told a jury he wrongly believed his wife was wealthy.

Simon Morgan and his wife Ann, who was office manager at Milners in Leeds, are alleged to have used company money to pay for expensive family holidays, flights by private jet and luxury cars.

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Morgan, 50, now of Main Street, Bilbrough, near York, denies six charges of theft between January 2002 and July 2004.

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His wife Ann Young Morgan, 55, was not present at court.

She has been found to be "under disability" and unfit to stand trial.

The trial has heard how company cheques paid off their credit card bills run up for hotels, designer clothes and meals in favourite restaurants.

The couple also moved into a luxury house – The Manor, in Alwoodley – during the period of the alleged offences.

Desposits were paid to buy a Ferrari and Lamborghini.

Giving evidence, Morgan said he first met his wife when she came to work at the firm of solicitors in 1989.

He said: "From the very word go it was clear there was wealth somewhere.

"She was wearing Chanel suits and pearls. It was clear there was some

wealth somewhere."

Morgan was also asked by his barrister why he was still married to her.

He said: "What happened did not change my feelings about her. I did not stop loving her because of this mess. She created this mess.

"I do not consider it is totally of her own making.

"She has been a very supportive wife and a very good mother. She is very good to people and compassionate despite what's been heard."

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