Dunfermline Press

McGarry benefitted by £55,000 from ‘general criminal conduct’

- By Court Reporter editorial@dunfermlin­epress.co.uk

SHAMED former politician Natalie McGarry has been ordered to pay just £66 after it was agreed she benefited by £55,000 from “general criminal conduct”.

The 41-year-old, originally from Inverkeith­ing, was found guilty of stealing £19,974 while treasurer of Women for Independen­ce.

She embezzled a further £4,661 while treasurer, secretary and convener of the Glasgow Regional Associatio­n of the SNP.

McGarry had been the MP for Glasgow East between 2015 and 2017.

She was jailed for two years in June 2022 which was reduced to 20 months on appeal.

A proceeds of crime hearing took place on Tuesday at Glasgow Sheriff Court as the Crown sought to recoup the stolen cash.

Allan MacLeod, defending, told Sheriff Barry Divers that an agreement with the Crown had been reached.

The advocate said: “There is an agreed benefit figure for general criminal conduct which is £55,870 and there is an agreed available amount of £66.36.

“There is an agreed joint minute that you make a confiscati­on order for £66.36 and that will be paid to the sheriff ’s clerk within one month of today.

“Miss McGarry maintains her innocence for the charges and does not accept she committed any crimes.

“There are statutory presumptio­ns that she accepts applies to her.

“She is unable to vouch for these amounts that went into her account over a period of 10 years.

“She accepts she is unable to rebut the statutory presumptio­ns.”

In February McGarry failed to convince appeal judges that social media posts prevented her from receiving a fair trial, and she lost her appeal against conviction.

Fiscal depute Brian Duffy told the hearing that the £66.36 figure was “the only amount available to Miss McGarry towards the confiscati­on order”.

The order was granted by Sheriff Divers.

Earlier hearings were told the Crown had been looking into the spending of McGarry and her partner, former Glasgow Tory leader David Meikle, over the last 12 years.

Mr MacLeod told the last hearing that the Crown were no longer referencin­g Mr Meikle.

The Crown initially believed McGarry’s benefit figure was £195,241 which was then reduced to £110,000.

The defence disputed this and believed the benefit figure was £55,000.

 ?? ?? Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry was found guilty of embezzling almost £25,000 from two pro-independen­ce groups.
Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry was found guilty of embezzling almost £25,000 from two pro-independen­ce groups.

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