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Adviser sentenced to life for murdering client

A financial adviser has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a client.

David Jeffs was sentenced today at Southwark Crown Court and was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 24 years.

He was also sentenced concurrently to 6 years imprisonment on charges of fraud.

At the original hearing at Croydon Crown Court, David Jeffs was found guilty on both counts of murder and fraud by abuse of position.

The court found that Jeffs killed his client Roberto Troyan after he uncovered a £343,000 fraud, the proceeds of which Jeffs used to fund his own lifestyle. Troyan was found dead on 8 March.

The FCA register shows Jeffs worked at HFM Columbus from 2009 to April this year after having previously worked for Carleton Independent Consultants for three years.

A statement from HFM Columbus at the time Jeffs was found guilty said: “Without doubt this whole situation has been extremely distressing for all concerned most especially for Roberto Troyans family and on behalf of all of us at HFM Columbus we would like to express our heart felt condolences and sympathy.”

“We do not condone fraud in any shape or form and were shocked when Mr Jeffs was charged with the offence.  Since then we have given every assistance to the police, kept the FCA fully informed, and naturally paid very careful attention to the fraud aspects of the trial. We also promptly commissioned a professional third party review of our internal controls which concluded that those controls were both reasonable and appropriate.”


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