Daryl Linden, a former claims manager for the forerunner company to Claims Direct, has been convicted of withholding up to £10,000 of personal injury claimants' money.

Linden was working for Somerford Claims when senior managers discovered claimants' money was missing and called in the police. An investigation was triggered when a claimant queried his compensation settlement. Somerford Claims has agreed to make up the missing money, said to be around £10,000, owed to its clients.

Last week Linden received a nine month sentence, suspended for two years, and was ordered to pay compensation.

Somerford Claims was the original uninsured loss recovery company started by Claims Direct chief executive Tony Sullman in 1990. It has since been superseded by Claims Direct and is in the process of being wound down.