Mortgage fraud solicitor jailed
A former criminal defence solicitor has been jailed for two years for her part in a £1.3m mortgage fraud in east London.
Elena Quinlivan (pictured), 35, planned to build a rented property empire, using forged identity documents, bank statements and payslips, Southwark Crown Court heard.
With help from her financial adviser, Quinlivan obtained mortgages for six properties that she intended to let out for profit between 2003 and 2005. She used her maiden name and the names of family and friends to obtain the mortgages.
‘The housing market was promising and your head was turned by the fraudulent success of an associate, with his expensive home and car,’ Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said on Monday.
‘You are an intelligent solicitor, who also once worked for an estate agent, and cannot be called naive.’
The University of Manchester graduate worked for Ilford-based ST Law after qualifying in 2008 and was also employed for three years by human rights solicitor Imran Khan, who represented her in court. ‘There was a culture at that time that mortgages were given out left right and centre,’ Khan told the court.
‘She saw her financial adviser making a large amount of money. She was bedazzled by him and taken in by his talk and ability to make money very quickly. She fell for it and admits it was stupidity in the extreme.’
He added: ‘Not all lawyers are intelligent. This is not some scheme hatched by a master criminal, but one person, rather clueless.’
Quinlivan was ordered to repay £108,405 within 12 months or serve an additional two years’ imprisonment.
- DBA complaints to be probed
- Grieve defends publicly funded lawyers’ rates
- Neuberger defends judges’ right to speak out on cuts
- HRA applies to soldiers on duty, Supreme Court confirms
- Hundreds face ‘unrated cycle’ as Balva fails
- Consumer panel promises ‘long game’ on will regulation
- Close down CMCs tomorrow - Desmond Hudson
- Wiltshire solicitor’s murderer jailed for 28 years
- Profits squeeze as top-50 firms open results season
- Prison term sought for quoting Society charity report
- Legal aid champion Storer honoured
- Hudson questions SRA’s firm finances disclosure
- Judges could quit over pensions
- Intervention row heads to Strasbourg
- SRA ‘wrong to pursue costs via conduct rules’
- Jackson prompts spurt in law firm start-ups
- Hunt begins for new SRA chief
- Legal aid cuts ‘end high-profile BME cases’
- Carbon footprint down 7% in legal sector
- Mystery surrounds legal training report
- Family lawyers divided over Prest decision
- Consumer rights boost welcomed by Society
- Old Bailey offers peek at ‘Dead Man’s Walk’
- Peer-to-peer pioneer
- EC in cartels drive
- Thousands of court workers to strike on Monday
- RTA claims still high despite referral fee ban
- Law firms warned on debt recovery
- Ombudsman claims wider territory
- SRA puts a price on extra intervention levy