Arscotts Solicitors legal secretary on theft charges

A legal secretary has been charged with theft after allegedly stealing nearly £500,000 from a client's account.

Leanne Harris, 25, of Gildredge in Whitesmith, is due at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Friday charged with seven counts of theft.

Sussex Police said Ms Harris worked as a legal secretary at Arscotts Solicitors, of Lansdowne Place, Hove, between 2008 and 2010.

The charges follow an investigation by the force's major fraud unit.

She is also alleged to have stolen a further £62,000 from an elderly woman over whom she had power of attorney, Sussex Police said.

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