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Accounts worker jailed for defrauding two former employers

Wednesday 29th August, 2018

An accounts administrator and project manager responsible for embezzling funds from two organisations and causing one of them to go into liquidation, has been jailed.

She was sentenced to a total of three and a half years in prison at the Sheriff Court in Edinburgh for embezzling a total of £136,246 from a charity and a small business.

She abused her position at the Scottish Wildlife Trust to duplicate invoices and deposit payments into her own accounts, taking a total of £35,746 between 1st September 2015 and 15th March 2016.

Her colleagues identified suspicious payments, reported the fraud and a formal investigation was launched.

While on bail for the previous offence, she began working for Tandem Digital Marketing and again abused her position to process fraudulent payments to her own accounts, this time taking £100,500 between 15th December 2016 and 24th October 2017.

This fraud came to light when the owner of the business found discrepancies and a second investigation was instigated.

Detective Inspector Gordon Burns of the Economic Crime and Financial Investigation Unit in Edinburgh said, “Dickinson repeatedly abused her position with two different employers over a two year period, stealing substantial sums of money.”

“Her actions have had a significant impact with Tandem Digital Marketing entering liquidation in January this year and staff losing their jobs as a result.”