Worker stole £5k from bank
Then he joined the police
A bank worker has been punished after embezzling almost £5000 from a Dumbarton town centre branch.
Cameron Gunn pocketed the cash while he worked as a personnel bank adviser at the Bank of Scotland on High Street.
The 29-year-old appeared in the dock at Dumbarton Sheriff Court last week after admitting stealing a total of £4770 across three occasions.
His lawyer said he joined the police as a probation officer after leaving the bank but resigned after the offence came to light.
Sheriff Simon Pender told him the crimes represented a “gross breach of trust” but was persuaded against handing him a prison sentence.
Dunn’s lawyer said the embezzlement was “out of character” for the first offender and said it took place at a time when Gunn had financial worries.
He said: “There was an interview carried out by bank officials after Mr Gunn had left the bank.
“He attended and made admissions to his officials.
“There was a police interview on December 18, 2015, following which he was charged.
“He tendered pleas at the earliest possible opportunity.”
Gunn, who now works for a double glazing firm, repaid the cash from his bank pension fund last year.
He added: “The reason he did this, which was out of character, was connected with the fact his wife was unwell and was off sick.
“The prospect of maintaining direct debits and household bills was causing some anxiety.
“The report considers his shame and embarassment caused by his actions.
“He is someone with no previous convictions. He has fully repaid the losses and has genuine remorse.
“He himself says his behaviour was outrageous.”
Gunn, of Scott Way in Greenock, pleaded guilty to embezzling the money in 2013 and 2014.
Sheriff Simon Pender told him: “This is a serious matter and it involves a gross breach of trust on your part.
“Your conduct would fully justify a custodial sentence but, given you have no previous record and you have made full repayment, I am prepared to deal with this by way of a non-custodial sentence.”
Gunn was handed a community payback order and must complete 300 hours of unpaid work.