Em­bez­zle­ment trial told of bag ‘hold­ing £2k in bank notes’

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A FOR­MER Glas­gow coun­cil­lor ac­cused of em­bez­zling from an or­gan­i­sa­tion she worked for asked a col­league to re­turn a bag with around £2,000 in it, a court heard.

Mau­reen Burke, 60, who was em­ployed as Yvonne Ku­cuk’s per­sonal as­sis­tant at the Peo­ple’s De­vel­op­ment Trust (PDT), said they had been out for a lunch with col­leagues dur­ing a time when Ku­cuk was sus­pended.

She said that as they left, Ku­cuk, 51, asked her to re­turn a bag that had pa­per­work, a mo­bile phone and some money in it.

Mrs Burke said she felt “a bit un­easy” and claimed Ku­cuk told her she couldn’t hand it in be­cause she was go­ing on hol­i­day the next day.

The Labour coun­cil­lor said she gave the bag to the then-man­ager of the trust Michael Kennedy, who counted around £2,000 in it.

She was giv­ing ev­i­dence at the Glas­gow Sher­iff Court trial of Ku­cuk, from Cal­ton, and Wil­liam Faulds, 55, from Dal­marnock, who are ac­cused of em­bez­zling £8,690 be­tween Jan­uary 2015 and Jan­uary 2016 from the trust.

The court heard Ku­cuk was in charge of the PDT, which pro­vides fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices to the lo­cal area of Dal­marnock and Faulds was project man­ager.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion was based in Baltic Street, Bridgeton, be­fore it moved to nearby Spring­field Road.

In ev­i­dence the court was told var­i­ous cheque stubs made out to “cash” were found but that there was no cor­re­spond­ing re­ceipts or pa­per­work. and that dur­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Ku­cuk claimed the cash was used to pay a tu­tor for adult classes, and a gala day.

In ev­i­dence, Mrs Burke said she worked for the or­gan­i­sa­tion for around two years.

She said that over the few months that the move be­tween the two of­fices took place, the busi­ness was “chaotic”.

She was shown a can­vas bag and con­firmed that in April 2016, she had been given it by Ku­cuk. Ku­cuk’s de­fence lawyer Brian Cooney asked Mrs Burke if Ku­cuk was some­one she trusted and she replied: “Yes.”

Ku­cuk and Faulds deny the charge and the trial con­tin­ues next month. A CAR has crashed into a build­ing in Scot­stoun.

The Kia ve­hi­cle ap­pears to have ca­reered off South Street and into an elec­tric­ity box in front of man­u­fac­tur­ing firm Driv­e­line.

It’s not yet known if any­one was in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

Po­lice ar­rived on the scene and taped up the box, while the car is ap­pears to have dam­age to its bumper.

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