Money laundering claim at Selsey legal firm

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POLICE have arrested a Selsey woman on suspicion of stealing money from a family’s estate.

Sussex Police released a statement this afternoon (November 5), saying they arrested the 45-year-old following a complaint about legal firm Coates and Co.

A spokesman said: “Officers were contacted in May this year with a complaint about the way a Selsey legal firm, Coates and Co, was handling the distribution of a Middlesex woman’s estate after her death.

The allegation involves the misappropriation of £85,000 from the estate to the beneficiaries.

“A 45-year-old woman from Selsey has been arrested on suspicion of fraud by abuse of position, criminal damage and money laundering.

“She was questioned before being released on bail until December 19.”

He said anyone with information should email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk, quoting serial 561 of May 8, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.