Jailed solicitor ordered to repay almost £107,000 of stolen legacies

Judge warns Totenhofer to pay up within six months or face another 18 months in prison

A solicitor jailed for stealing £200,000 in legacy donations from four charities has been ordered to repay nearly £107,000.

Philip Totenhofer, 62, was the executor of two wills that left money to Macmillan Cancer Support, the RNLI, St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich and St Helena Hospice in Essex.

He was convicted of theft on six counts in October 2008 and is serving a three-year prison sentence.

A judge at Chelmsford Crown Court ruled on Tuesday that Totenhofer must repay £36,220 to both hospices, and £17,087 each to the RNLI and Macmillan Cancer Support, under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

He was not told to repay the total amount because the judge found that it would have been beyond Totenhofer's means.

The judge ruled that if Totenhofer failed to pay the amount in six months' time he would face a further 18 months in prison.

Totenhofer was struck off the Law Society register in May 2003.

Rosy Stamp, director of St Helena Hospice, said: "This is a good result for us because we thought the money would be lost to the two hospices.

"Last year, about 20 per cent of our income came from legacies, so it is a very important source of funding for us. We are extremely grateful to the police and the courts."

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