Gloucestershire

Peter Howes jailed for swindling brother's share of £1.5m inheritance

A man who swindled his brother out of his share of a £1.5m inheritance has been jailed for more than four years.

Peter Howes, 53, of Lower Barn Farm, Lechlade, was executor of his mother's will and forged her and his brother's signatures to cash in trust funds.

He also took the proceeds of the sale of his mother Joyce's £1m house from her bank account.

During the three-week trial at Bristol Crown Court, Howes was found guilty of five counts of fraud.

He was sentenced to four years and four months in prison.

His wife Jane, 51, was acquitted of a single charge of fraud.

Howes's elder brother, Jonathan said it was a "sad day", but it meant the family could finally move on from his actions.

A Proceeds of Crime hearing to recover the estate from assets held by Howes will be held next March.

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