Worker stole £5k from bank

Then he joined the po­lice

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Court re­porter

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.

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