Danny McCance 9 Jan 2019 04:28pm

Accountant jailed for embezzling £125,000

Natalie Taylor pled guilty to two charges of embezzlement and will be jailed for 32 months

The Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that the fraud at McCann Electrical led to five redundancies, while Taylor’s defence lawyer James Reilly told the courts that Taylor took the money to pay for her partner’s debt, according to the BBC.

While working for Motherwell-based McCann Electrical, which Taylor began working for in June 2017, she stole £88,226. Taylor also admitted to the theft of a company laptop.

"On October 27 [2017], Taylor failed to attend for work and she claimed to have been involved in a car accident.

"It was established she had taken her work computer home and financial information in relation to the company could not be accessed by the company,” procurator fiscal depute Deborah Carroll told the BBC.

She failed to return to work and after reviewing their finances the company found that payments were made to four different accounts later found to be Taylor’s.

Despite being wanted by the police, Taylor then secured another job at Glasgow sheriff officers company Hannah’s in June 2018, where she was found to have stolen a further £37,668.

She had made 20 payments had been into her unsuspecting son’s bank account, totalling £12,040, and further payments of £10,614 and £9,903 were made to two other friends.

Taylor was sentenced to 20 months for the first charge of embezzlement, six months for theft while on bail and 12 months for the second charge of embezzlement. The sentences will be served concurrently.