World Wide Genealogy Ltd (formerly Beneficiaries Ltd) of Edinburgh, Scotland, was convicted of 10 counts of fraud by false representation and will have to pay back more than £200,000 ($313,000 US dollars) to the family of Charlotte Cook.
NOTE: Heir hunters are individuals or corporations that attempt to find missing or unknown heirs, entitled to deceased people's estates before the British Treasury lawfully collects the money. The heir hunters normally are paid a rather high percentage of the inherited funds. World Wide Genealogy Ltd demanded a 40 per cent share.
The company was convicted of 10 counts of fraud by false representation on July 11, ordered to repay its victims more than £200,000 and fined £25,000 after the probe by West Berkshire and Wokingham Trading Standards Service.