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Forster Confiscation Proceedings Begin

DISGRACED lawyer Kennedy Forster was the subject of court action again this week as the Crown began confiscation proceedings under the proceeds of crime legislation.

The former Stranraer-based lawyer and Honorary Sheriff is the subject of an action to claw back assets he procured using money which can be linked to his fraudulent past.

In March the 54-year-old was sentenced to six-and-a-half years imprisonment for embezzling more than £660,000 from his unsuspecting clients, mostly in Stranraer and district.

Monday's scheduled hearing at the Court of Session in Edinburgh was put off until Wednesday, 20th October.

It was the first of a number of appearances which, the Crown hope, will lead to the recovery of assets Forster gained using money he illegally obtained.

Prosecutors outlined the assets they wished to claw back in a letter to Forster before he was locked-up. A spokesman for the Crown Office said:

"The process of confiscating his assets is now underway but we have to be realistic in what assets we target. Those assets are not yet in the public domain."

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