East Sussex legal executive jailed for fraud
An East Sussex legal executive who defrauded clients out of more than £100,000 to pay off debts and go on holidays has been jailed.
Jacqueline D'Hazzard, 44, of Hove, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after admitting four counts of fraud by abuse of position.
Lewes Crown Court heard she used her position as an executive to divert money from clients to her account.
A judge said she had displayed "reckless and feckless" behaviour.
'Breach of trust'
The offences came to light when D'Hazzard's successor checked records she had left after she resigned in June 2009.
Sussex Police's major fraud unit carried out an investigation and she was arrested in October that year.
Det Con Russ Jones, of Sussex Police, said: "This was clearly a gross breach of trust and all the evidence is that D'Hazzard spent the money on herself, in paying debts and taking holidays."
D'Hazzard, who worked as a trust probate executive, admitted four offences of fraud by abuse of position between 2004 and 2009 at a hearing last month.