Com­mu­nity pay­back for em­bez­zling

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Court Re­porter

An east Perthshire woman who em­bez­zled hun­dreds of pounds from Bur­rel­ton Pri­mary School while head of its par­ent coun­cil re­paid a fur­ther £400 when she ap­peared in court last month.

That was on top of £300 in cash she had handed over at an ear­lier ap­pear­ance in Septem­ber.

Thirty-eight-year-old Laura Mar­garet Frost, of Wil­loughby Cot­tage, Church Road, Wood­side, near Coupar An­gus, had a com­mu­nity pay­back or­der im­posed as a di­rect al­ter­na­tive to time be­hind bars.

She was or­dered to com­plete 125 hours of un­paid work in the next six months.

A com­pen­sa­tion or­der to­talling £886.88 was also im­posed, payable at £50 a month.

She ad­mit­ted em­bez­zling the cash while she was in a po­si­tion of trust be­tween De­cem­ber 6, 2014, and April 20, 2015.

She ini­tially de­nied the charge but changed her plea to guilty.

So­lic­i­tor David Holmes pointed out that the ac­cused had no pre­vi­ous convictions and the of­fence had been a “sig­nif­i­cant mat­ter” for her.

Frost had been told at an ear­lier court ap­pear­ance that the more she could save up to­wards resti­tu­tion the bet­ter it would be for her.

The lawyer said he had re­ceived a fur­ther £400 from the ac­cused which he handed over to the clerk of court.

Frost will also be su­per­vised by a so­cial worker for six months as part of the com­mu­nity pay­back or­der.

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