Gloucestershire coroner charged with fraud and theft

Alan Crickmore Mr Crickmore was suspended from duty in December 2010

A coroner has been charged with fraud and theft offences totalling more than £2m.

Gloucestershire Coroner Alan Crickmore is accused of 12 counts of theft and eight counts of fraud.

It follows a police inquiry into alleged breaches of the solicitors' code of conduct and accounting rules.

The 56-year-old, of East Approach Drive in Cheltenham, will appear at Cheltenham Magistrates' Court on 9 April.

A spokeswoman for Gloucestershire Police said: "The total amount of money alleged to have been stolen or defrauded is in excess of £2m."

The fraud charges include seven counts of fraud by abuse of position and one count of fraud by false representation.

Mr Crickmore was suspended from duty in December 2010 when the Solicitors Regulation Authority began investigating his Cheltenham law firm.

He was arrested in January 2011.

Mr Crickmore's deputy, David Dooley, has taken over conducting inquests with the help of two assistants drafted in from other counties.

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