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Wednesday, 10 July, 2002, 11:58 GMT 12:58 UK
Solicitor in court on 82 charges
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A solicitor has appeared in court facing a total of 82 charges in connection with an alleged 325,000 legal aid fraud.

John Tate, 50, of Mayberry Grove, Middlesbrough, was remanded on bail by Newcastle Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

He faces 27 charges each of forgery, false accounting and dishonestly obtaining money.

He also faces a composite charge that between December 1996 and December 1999 he dishonestly obtained 325,000 from the Legal Aid Board.

Mr Tate was remanded until 14 August.

He was arrested in June 2001 after a Cleveland Police investigation.


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