Ac­coun­tant admits £125k theft from two com­pa­nies

Scottish Daily Mail - - Weekender - By Ash­lie McA­nally

AN ac­coun­tant em­bez­zled more than £125,000 from two firms, one of which had to lay off staff shortly be­fore Christ­mas, a court has heard.

Natalie Tay­lor stole £88,226 from one firm and was sacked but while be­ing sought by po­lice she took an­other job and em­bez­zled a fur­ther £37,668.

Tay­lor, 35, used a bank ac­count in her son’s name and those of friends to try to hide the cash.

She ap­peared at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court from cus­tody and ad­mit­ted two charges of embezzling from the firms be­tween July last year and Au­gust this year. Tay­lor also ad­mit­ted steal­ing a lap­top.

The court heard she be­gan work­ing for firm McCann Elec­tri­cal of Mother­well, La­nark­shire, in June 2017. Deb­o­rah Car­roll, pros­e­cut­ing, said that in Oc­to­ber last year Tay­lor did not ap­pear for work, and never re­turned.

Miss Car­roll said the firm later re­alised pay­ments had been made to ac­counts be­long­ing to Tay­lor.

The court heard the ef­fect on the firm in­cluded five re­dun­dan­cies be­cause ‘the com­pany could not af­ford to keep their em­ploy­ment’.

In June this year Tay­lor ob­tained an­other job at a firm of sher­iff of­fi­cers in Glas­gow where she han­dled fi­nances.

How­ever, only six weeks af­ter she started it emerged that she had been steal­ing and she was sacked.

Tay­lor, who is due to ap­pear in court next month, was re­manded in cus­tody.

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