The Assize Court of Corrèze on Friday May 13 sentenced a notary from the department, tried for two weeks in Tulle, to 12 years of criminal imprisonment for the misappropriation of several inheritances between 2013 and 2017, in which forgeries in public writing him are blamed.
The court went beyond the requisitions of the public prosecutor who had demanded a 10-year prison sentence against him.
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This notary from Lubersac, who had remained silent throughout the trial, finally spoke, sounding like a semi-confession: "
I am very ashamed and I regret
", he declared to the bar before the court retires to deliberate.
His co-defendant, a taxi driver and ambulance driver, immediately confessed and said he was under the influence of the notary, sentenced him to 7 years in prison.
A sentence also increased with regard to the six years in prison claimed by the prosecution.
A seizure of assets and accounts for the three defendants
The two defendants, stunned at the statement of the verdict, indicated through the voice of their lawyers that they were going to appeal the decision.
In addition, their accomplice, a nonagenarian qualified as "
third character between Ma Dalton and Aunt Danielle
", was sentenced to 2 years in prison suspended and not firm as had been requested by the public prosecutor.
The verdict is accompanied by a seizure of assets and accounts for the three defendants, as well as a permanent ban on exercising a public function, in particular that of notary, as well as a ban on managing a commercial or industrial company for his accomplice.
The case began in 2014 with inconsistencies noted after a death when a person was surprised that his deceased cousin had bequeathed his property to a complete stranger when she had always shown her desire to transmit her heritage to the school. de Lubersac and cancer research.
A year later, the case happened again with an estate settled by the same associated notary for the benefit of the same legatee, the second co-accused, again unknown to the family of the deceased.
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A judicial investigation was opened in the fall of 2015, quickly showing that the two men knew each other well and exchanged regularly.
A third falsification of wills was then brought to light and suspicions of embezzlement in other succession procedures, such as misappropriated life insurance and falsified invoices to weigh advantageously on the heritage to be transmitted, also came to be added to the case.
For the prosecution, the "
small secret business
" of this "
" had enabled them to collect nearly a million euros.