Catsfield man charged over ‘missing’ £900k

A CATSFIELD man is among three people who have been charged with fraud, following a Sussex Police investigation into the affairs of a now-closed firm of solicitors in Selsey.

Simon Kenny, 57, of Old Hunt Stables, Catsfield, Emma Coates, 44, of West Street, Selsey, and Stephen Hiseman, 57, of Morzine, France, are due to appear on bail at Westminster Magistrates Court in London on Wednesday April 23.

Kenny and Coates are charged together, with false accounting between 4 July 2006 and 15 January 2007, and with fraud by abuse of position between 15 January 2007 and 31 May 2011.

Kenny, Coates and Hiseman are also all charged with fraud by abuse of position between 1 January 2008 and 15 March 2011.

The Sussex Police Major Fraud Unit have been investigating events that led to the closure of CK Solicitors in Selsey by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA).

Detectives have been working with the SRA on this complex enquiry since 2012.

The investigation centred on the alleged disappearance of some £900,000 which is alleged to have been taken from client accounts at the firm.