John Fitzpatrick, a former solicitor, was charged with 21 offences relating to investment and mortgage frauds and the misappropriation of client money. Mr Fitzpatrick was employed by TI Clough & Co solicitors in Bradford between February 2000 and September 2000, however he also operated as a solicitor under his own name from his home address. The alleged offences took place between 1996 and 2001. Mr Fitzpatrick was struck off the Roll of Solicitors on 8 March 2002. Mr Fitzpatrick was extradited from South Africa 22 July 2013 when he appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court. On 11 November 2013 Mr Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty to seven charges of theft and two charges of obtaining money transfers by deception representing £1,157,000 at a plea and case management hearing at Sheffield Magistarates Court. On 27 February 2014 Mr Fitzpatrick was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment at a court hearing before HHJ Moore.
Outcome of criminal case
John Fitzpatrick pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court to 7 charges of theft and 2 charges of obtaining money transfers by deception representing £1,157,000, at a plea and case management hearing on 11 November 2013.
James Fitzpatrick was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment.
John Fitzpatrick’s appeal against his prison sentence was dismissed on 22 October 2014.
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