Letham man admits £73,000 embezzlement

Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background

Brass Scales of Justice on a desk showing Depth-of-field books behind in the background

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An embezzler from Letham who scammed more than £73,000 from his bosses was today (Tuesday) facing jail.

Jonathan Green was a sales manager at Grahams Building Merchants in Dundee when he carried out the year-long fraud.

He approached major clients and asked them to pay money into a new bank account to “help the company meet targets” and that they would “get a thank you”.

But in reality, the bank details given to the firms were for his own personal account.

Green later claimed he stole the money because of “financial difficulties”.

One plumbing company paid over £7763.94 in a single transaction to Green, unaware that they were falling victim to a scam

Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed told Dundee Sheriff Court: “They subsequently received further invoices chasing the sum.

“Another firm paid £65,622.44 in three separate transactions directly into his account.

“Inconsistencies in the paperwork were eventually found and he said he would sort it out.

“He later provided a handwritten letter of apology to the firm saying sorry for the way he acted.

“He has now fully repaid his employer.”

Green, 45, of Bractullo Gardens, Letham, Angus, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of embezzling £73,386.38 between August 1, 2011 to July 27, 2012.

Ross Bennett, defending, said: “The whole amount has been repaid.

“The last tranche was deducted from his pension fund.

“He is working elsewhere in a responsible job but whether that will be retained following these proceedings remains to be seen.”

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC deferred sentence until later this month for social work background reports.

She said: “It is a very serious matter given the amounts involved in this crime.”