Dodgy Solicitor of the week: Spunked £100k client cash on porn
12 June 2015
This week's entry adds a streak of blue to the Dodgy Solicitor Top Trumps after splurging over £100,000 of his clients' money on porn.
Andrew Taylor owned a firm which specialised in wills and powers of attorney. He was also a judo coach, treasurer of the local cricket club, chairman of the civic society and all-round pillar of the Cheadle community. But sadly between 2011 and 2013 he also let his wanking spin out of control and used his powers of attorney to loot clients' bank accounts to fund webcam sex sessions and calls to adult chat lines.
Taylor blamed his addiction on not being able to sleep after a hip operation, coupled with the side effects of his Parkinsons medication. It must have been powerful stuff. As well as spending £108,089 of his elderly clients' money on grot, the insomniac self-pleasurer also made generous donations to the cam sex escorts of up to £30,000 per girl. He also splashed £85,000 of his clients' money on ebay buying cricket memorabilia, pottery and pens and settled an £80,000 tax bill. In total Taylor stole £623,920.
The jury heard how seven of Taylor's victims died before his case came to court. After he nicked £3,000 from one 87-year-old, there wasn't enough money to pay for her funeral until the local council agreed to subsidise it.
Taylor admitted using the accounts to fund a "play account
" which he used to (chuck his) "muck around
". Jailing him for four years, Mr Justice Peter Openshaw said the money had been "squandered on various sexual excesses
" and branded his purchases "absurd extravagances
". He accepted that Taylor's "compulsive behaviour
" probably was due to the drugs, but that he should have got help.