Jail for Letham embezzler

Dundee Sheriff Court
Dundee Sheriff Court

An embezzler who scammed more than £73,000 from his bosses was today (Tuesday) jailed for a year.

Jonathan Green was a respected sales manager at Grahams Building Merchants in Dundee when he carried out the year-long fraud.

He approached major clients and asked them to pay money into a new bank account to “help the company meet targets” and that they would “get a thank you”.

But in reality, the bank details given to the firms were for his own personal account.

Green later claimed he stole the money because of ‘financial difficulties’.

One plumbing company paid over £7763.94 in a single transaction to Green, unaware that they were falling victim to a scam

Fiscal depute Saima Rasheed told Dundee Sheriff Court: “They subsequently received further invoices chasing the sum.

“Another firm paid £65,622.44 in three separate transactions directly into his account.

“Inconsistencies in the paperwork were eventually found and he said he would sort it out.

“He later provided a handwritten letter of apology to the firm saying sorry for the way he acted.

“He has now fully repaid his employer.”

Green, 45, of Bractullo Gardens, Letham, Angus, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of embezzling £73,386.38 between August 1, 2011 to July 27, 2012.

Ross Bennett, defending, said: “Standing the amount initially involved this is a matter that is obviously going to be of concern to this court.

“The whole amount has been repaid.

“The last tranche was deducted from his pension fund.

“He is working elsewhere in a responsible job but whether that will be retained following these proceedings remains to be seen.”

He said that while £73,000 had been paid into his Green’s account, he had only kept £ 23,000 and forwarded the remainder to Graham Builders Merchants

Mr Bennett added: “This is very much a one-off. I would be surprised if Mr Green was ever in court again.

“If he is given a fine it will have to be a significant one.”

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC jailed Green for a year and told him: “You are well-thought-of, a family man, and a first-time offender.

“But I have to look at the amount embezzled, which was over a prolonged period of time.

“The sentence must deter others and a period of custody is inevitable.”