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Criminal solicitor struck off for submitting false invoices to law firms to help fund cocaine habit

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He issued 40 fake invoices of £100 each

An experienced criminal solicitor who submitted false invoices for police station work to help fund his cocaine habit has been struck off.

Dominic Ingle, who was admitted to the roll in 2011, had been working as a self-employed police station representative on behalf of firms in the Manchester/Lancashire area.

In January 2017, Ingle was convicted of two counts of dishonestly making false representations. He was sentenced to seven months in prison, suspended for 24 months, and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

According to a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal judgment, the criminal law specialist submitted 40 “false and fraudulent claims” of £100 each to two different law firms over a three-month period, totalling £4,100.

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In a letter to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Ingle said he had committed the frauds when business was slow and had used the cash to fund his cocaine habit. He told the tribunal he was “ashamed” of his “disgraceful behaviour” and that he had let down his family, friends and colleagues. Since the misconduct came to light, Ingle said he had been open and honest and was trying to put his life together without the class A drug.

Ruling out a suspension, the tribunal said that Ingle “continued to present a potential risk to members of the public and the reputation of the legal profession, as it was not known what his current position was with regard to the cocaine issues.”

Striking Ingle off the roll, the tribunal said it hoped he could go on to use the skills and experience he had acquired over the years for the benefit of society. He was also ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.

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28 Comments

Pat Bateman

I must meet this man.

Anonymous

Hi Mike.

Anonymous

LLL

Judge hobosexual

I have an extensive coke and alcohol habit as a result of being a hobo with no GCSEs! How?
I networked with my uncle in the House of Lords and he gave me a job!

Judge hobosexual

I am also a judge!

Uncle Hober

No you are not!

Now stop playing with my wig and… why are you wearing tights and rubber panties???

Judge hobosexual

It’s what I always wear when I go dumpster diving in drag! Now, why are you waiting, my puckered arsehole isn’t going to fuck itself!

Hobbler

Shutup with your lame repetitive joke already.

Optional

Did anyone else notice that Thomas’ article on whether a vacation scheme student called a partner “love” (spoiler: they didn’t) has been taken down?

Rather odd that… I only noticed because I had top comment and went back to gain further validation from strangers on the internet. Does LC have a policy of whitewashing its website of poor articles then?

Anonymous

We all make mistakes.

Anonymous

I don’t. Ever.

Anonymous

It is a shame that the sharma case saying that dishonesty means you will be struck off, save in exceptional circumstances, is taken to mean ” you will always be struck off, because your circumstances are never exceptional”, rather than allowing some mercy to creep on there for sob stories which are provable.

A trust fund with a trust fund

It is a very small fraud in terms of total amount.

Completely straight edge solicitor

Who puts a pile of coke on the table like that just to snort a line?

Anonymous

Isn’t it obvious?? Three lines for you, and one for me!

Anonymous

Absolute lad.

Anonymous

40 “false and fraudulent claims” of £100 each to two different law firms over a three-month period, totalling £4,100.

You don’t need to be a mental arithmetic prodigy to notice that 40 lots of £100 does not total £4,100.

A trust fund with a trust fund

£4K? That’s less then some rich kids of instagram I knew at oxford used to steel from their parents on a night out!!

Dr Frankenstein

I thought our chums at JD were caught…

Anonymous

Cocaine is a devil of a drug. It is a shame for the lad Ingle, and for me.

Anonymous

Of all the people to be fleecing for his cocaine habits: police stations. Bold.

Anonymous

So they struck him off because ‘Ingle “continued to present a potential risk to members of the public and the reputation of the legal profession, as it was not known what his current position was with regard to the cocaine issues.” ‘

Could they not have asked?

Anonymous

Very more-ish.

Anonymous

Bunch of pr*cks the SRA are. So what if the mans likes a cheeky bit off sniff, that is his choice. He was a hard working solicitor for many years and slipped up. Let it go for christ’s sake.

Anonymous

Totally agree, they are completely up their own ar*eholes.

Northerner who knows you

Hello Dom-Doms.

Commenting on your own anonymous post is such bad form, you know.

Anonymous

You daft f*ck, got that totally wrong. I bet Dom-Doms is a c*nt just like you, you northern a*sewipe.

Justsayingasitis

Criminal solicitor being sanctioned for criminal activity is the epitome of irony.

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