A crooked solicitor who stole more than £400,000 from a dead woman's estate has been jailed for three and a half years.
Michael Karus from Edinburgh had previously pleaded guilty to embezzling the cash from the estate of Edith Hampton between March 5 and May 7, 2003.
At Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday, the sheriff told Karus: "This was a grave breach of trust. You were formerly a solicitor, having been suspended by the Law Society in 2002.
"In my view the public are entitled to expect people like you, acting in a position of trust, to display the utmost integrity. You have clearly failed to do so in this case".
The court heard that former schoolteacher Miss Hampton had drawn up two wills. The first, created with Karus & Co in 1992, called for her estate to be shared between her brother and charity Cancer Research UK. Her brother died five years later, leaving the charity a
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