Company secretary given jail sentence for £90k embezzlement
A former bookkeeper at an East Kilbride construction firm has been jailed for 28 months after stealing £90,000 from the company.
Andrea Cochrane, 52, worked at A Steel & Son Contractors for more than 30 years.
She was fired after the company discovered a string of bogus payments. After an initial payment of £2,500 had been queried, a review discovered £28,000 had been made to an accountancy firm when it should only have been £10,000.
Investigations revealed Cochrane had labelled a series of high value transactions as ‘Turner Accountancy’ but had used the details of her own account.
Ms Cochrane appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court and admitted embezzling £90,000 between January and July 2019.
Sheriff John Speir said he was left with no alternative but to order a prison sentence.