Yorkshire solicitor faces jail for thefts worth £1.4m

A solicitor was warned he faces a prison sentence after he was found guilty of stealing £1.4 million from the law firm where he worked.

Simon Morgan, 50, and his wife Ann, who was the office manager at Milners in Leeds, plundered the firm's own accounts and client accounts for two and a half years to finance their spending sprees.

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They used company money to pay for expensive family holidays abroad, flights by private jet and putting a deposit on a Ferrari, Leeds Crown Court heard.

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A jury found Morgan guilty of six counts of theft.

Mrs Morgan, 55, has not been present in court as she was found to be under disability and unfit to stand trial for psychiatric reasons.

The jury decided she "did the acts" charged with her husband following three days of deliberations. Judge James Goss QC, adjourned sentencing for two weeks to allow Morgan to sort out his affairs and for more information to be provided on his wife's condition.

The jury was told company cheques paid off the couple's numerous credit-card bills run up for hotels, designer clothes and meals at their favourite restaurants including Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in

Oxfordshire.

The couple moved into a luxury home - The Manor in Alwoodley - during the period of the offences.

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

The partners were told Mrs Morgan had qualifications as a solicitor and as an accountant, in fact she had neither.

They agreed she would act as office manager, taking charge of the accounting, but would draw no salary as she had private means.

The court was told she not only drew a substantial salary but "took huge amounts of the firm's money as well".

Their extravagant lifestyle included a family holiday for five to Antigua in 2003, costing more than 20,000.

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