GLOUCESTERSHIRE coroner Alan Crickmore stands accused of fraud and theft of more than £2 million, a court has revealed.
Crickmore, one of Britain’s longest-serving coroners, is accused of stealing from four dead people while acting as the executor of their estates.
Dressed in a grey suit and red spotted tie, Crickmore, who lives in Pittville, appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court where he was ordered to stand trial.
Crickmore, of East Approach Drive, Cheltenham, is accused of 13 counts of theft, seven counts of fraud by abuse of position and one count of fraud by false representation.
The 57-year-old is yet to enter a plea.
A prosecutor failed to attend court yesterday, but Crickmore spoke to confirm his name, address, and age during the two-minute hearing.
But District Judge Emma Arbuthnot had to ask him to repeat his details because he had spoken too quietly.
After the brief hearing, she adjourned the case until September 20.
Crickmore was first arrested by police in January 2011 after a probe into alleged irregularities at his law firm, Alan C Crickmore.