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VAT fraudster Ronnie Decker stripped of assets after global investigation

- Assets valued at approximately £3million

- Investigation spanned three continents

- Funds will be provided to Scottish Government for reinvestment in the community

A 38-year-old who grew cannabis at his grandmother’s house has been given a Confiscation Order worth £10,500, with 6 months to pay.

Mark MacAulay previously pled guilty to cultivating the plant at his late grandmother’s home in Shotts.

Michael Murphy was today jailed for 7 years for physically and sexually abusing a number of boys in his care at St Joseph’s residential school in Tranent, East Lothian between January 1971 and July 1985.

Known as Brother Benedict or Brother Ben, Murphy, who is now retired and in his 80’s, was a member of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian schools also known as the De La Salle Brotherhood.

A 32-year-old carer who stole £2500 from the home of a disabled couple has been sentenced to a Community Payback Order and ordered to pay compensation

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard that Mary Kelly took the money between 1 May and 27 August 2015 while working as a carer at the home of the 79 year old woman and her husband.

The Civil Recovery Unit will recover £2.2 million, under an agreed civil settlement with a Glasgow-based company which accepted that it had obtained business through unlawful conduct.  The recovered funds will be used for community projects across Scotland.

Braid Group (Holdings) Limited (“Braid”) is the parent holding company for various subsidiary companies, including Braid Logistics (UK) Limited (“Braid UK”), which is based in Glasgow.  Braid UK specialises in freight and logistics.

Mortgage fraudster’s house seized and sold to local housing association

One property will now be used for social housing and a further property seized sold to local couple

Fraudster faces confiscation of over £200,000 after defrauding terminally ill friend

- All funds recovered will be returned to his victim’s family

- Order represents entirety of estate

- Confiscation total will be raised in future if further assets come to light

Mark Reid, 45, was sentenced to four months imprisonment and disqualified from having custody of a dog for six years at Perth Sheriff Court today for using dogs to hunt wild brown hares in November of last year.

Mr Mulholland has informed the First Minister of his intention to leave the post.

- Order in addition to  previous 2010 confiscation of £106,000

Menzies, 53, from Almondbank near Perth, has today been made subject of a confiscation order for £15,600 after pleading guilty to possession of cocaine with intent to supply.