Rob Kidd is a NZME. News Service court reporter based in Auckland.

Lawyer could face jail over theft charges

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A lawyer could face up to seven years in jail after allegedly ripping off clients for more than $125,000.

Warren Richard McFie, 64, appeared in Auckland District Court this morning where he pleaded not guilty to two charges of theft by a person in a special relationship.

He is accused of taking $83,337 from a female client between 2012 and 2015, which Mc Fie allegedly used for "personal expenses".

Towards the end of 2014 he is accused of swindling $44,322 from a South Auckland couple and their property business.

McFie, whose legal practice is in Mt Wellington, was granted name suppression after his first appearance this month but that order lapsed today.

He pleaded not guilty to both charges and will be back before the court in May.

The New Zealand Law Society will be informed of the charges and may choose to take the case to the Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal.

- NZ Herald

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