Gordon Sofa (57) was yesterday discovered responsible at Edinburgh Sheriff Court docket of Embezzlement after a three-week lengthy trial.
Mr Sofa has been convicted of embezzling £170,000 of funds from Marjorie Stewart, from Edinburgh, each previous to and after her demise in September 2013 when he was appearing as her Unbiased Monetary Advisor, was her Energy of Legal professional and the Executor of her Will which afforded him trusted entry to funds.
He is because of be sentenced at a later date.
An investigation was launched in 2016 after Mrs Stewart’s household raised considerations about Mr Sofa’s conduct together with the misappropriation of funds.
Mr Sofa had by this time moved to Hong Kong and officers started efforts to safe his return to the UK to face costs. He was lastly arrested in 2019 after returning to the UK.
Detective Sergeant Craig Potter mentioned: “This was a fancy case overlaying numerous years the place the ability and management afforded to 1 individual was in a position to be abused.
“Marjorie Stewart’s household had been key to uncovering the misappropriation and have proven exemplary conduct all through the lengthy look ahead to the case to return to court docket. Hopefully all of the witnesses are afforded some closure by immediately’s verdict.”
Ought to you’ve got legal considerations with regard to Energy of Legal professional or monetary points, police ought to be contacted.
In case you have considerations about anybody finishing up any of the roles for another person then recommendation can at all times be sought from the related regulatory physique:
Unbiased Monetary Advisors – Monetary Conduct Authority
Energy of Legal professional – Workplace of the Public Guardian
Executors – Regulation Society of Scotland