£370,000 embezzlement led to loss of jobs at Glasgow construction firm

Elmwood HQA bookkeeper at a Glasgow construction firm has admitted to embezzling more than £370,000 and causing some colleagues to be made redundant as a result.

Kerryanne Clarke, 38, pled guilty to transferring the money from Elmwood Construction Services in Port Dundas to four personal accounts more than 360 times between 2010 and 2014.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that the impact of her actions led to job losses at the firm, most of which were at Christmas 2014.

The court heard Clarke made “duplicate” payments as a bookkeeper but, instead of paying the intended recipient twice, she transferred cash to her own accounts.

Clarke, of Carnbroe, North Lanarkshire, embezzled £372,163 from September 2010 to July 2014, when she resigned leaving discrepancies within the company accounts.

Defence lawyer Ryan Sloan said the company had since gone into liquidation, and he was asked to provide further details about this.

He told the court Clarke had two young children and a drug problem.

Sheriff Paul Crozier said “standing the gravity of this offence” he was revoking her bail and remanding her in custody.

Sentencing was deferred until next month when more details of how many people had lost their jobs will be disclosed.

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