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Six figure confiscation order for woman guilty of embezzling charity

A former payroll manager who admitted embezzling the British Red Cross has been told she must pay back £176,366.16 from the proceeds of her criminal actions.

On 20th July 2017, 58 year old Mary Booth pled guilty to embezzling £359,551.27 from her employer and was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment.

She was made subject of the Confiscation Order at Paisley Sheriff Court on Thursday.

The order gives the Crown the power to seize money Mary Booth gained through this crime, by taking money and assets she acquires in the future- £176,366.16 is the sum she currently has available.

Procurator Fiscal for Specialist Casework, Jennifer Harrower, said:

“This should serve as a warning to anyone involved in financial crime of any kind that we will not stop at prosecution.

“Even after a conviction is secured, we will continue to use the Proceeds of Crime legislation to ensure that funds obtained through embezzlement are confiscated from those who do not deserve them.

“The £176,366.16 recovered from Mary Booth will be paid in compensation to the British Red Cross.”