Em­ployee em­bez­zled £125,000 from firms

The Herald - - NEWS -

AN ac­coun­tant em­bez­zled more than £125,000 from two com­pa­nies in­clud­ing from an elec­tri­cal firm that was forced to make five em­ploy­ees re­dun­dant.

Natalie Taylor, 35, scammed £88,226 from Mccann Elec­tri­cal Lim­ited and while wanted by po­lice, se­cured an­other book­keep­ing job where she pock­eted a fur­ther £37,668.

Taylor used her son’s bank ac­count, among oth­ers, to dis­guise money leav­ing the com­pany ac­count.

Anom­alies in Hannah’s sher­iff of­fi­cers com­pany fi­nances were spot­ted af­ter a partner of the firm was un­able to leave an NCP car park be­cause a bill hadn’t been paid.

Taylor, who ap­peared from cus­tody, pled guilty at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court to two charges of em­bez­zling from the com­pa­nies be­tween July 2017 and Au­gust 2018 while work­ing as a book­keeper.

The court heard be­gan work­ing for Mccann Elec­tri­cal Lim­ited, a Mother­well based com­pany, in June 2017 on a salary of £24,000.

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal de­pute Deb­o­rah Car­roll said the to­tal ex­pense to the com­pany was in the re­gion of £120,000 as un­paid bills in­clud­ing tax and na­tional in­sur­ance had to be paid above the cost of the em­bez­zle­ment.

The mat­ter was re­ported to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal and a war­rant was ob­tained.

In June 2018, Taylor then got a sec­ond job as an ac­coun­tant at Hannah’s, a sher­iff of­fi­cer com­pany where she han­dled day-to­day fi­nances.

Taylor was re­manded in cus­tody for sen­tenc­ing at a later date.

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