Hotel manager Brenda Rafferty admits embezzling £123,951

An HR manager who stole £123,951 from the four-star Glasgow hotel where she worked has been jailed for 14 months.

Brenda Rafferty, 58, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, admitted falsifying payroll details at the city's Marriott hotel and keeping the cash.

Rafferty later claimed she started stealing after being diagnosed with cancer for a second time and she wanted to make her family "more comfortable".

She now faces having to repay cash under proceeds of crime legislation.

Rafferty pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to embezzling the cash between April 2006 and August 2012.

Payroll changed

The court heard Rafferty and one other worker had the authority to manually change payroll information in the system.

During a meeting in August 2012, it emerged that an employee had been paid for hours that she had not worked.

Rafferty was asked to investigate in her capacity as HR manager.

She later admitted that she had made a mistake and efforts were being made to recover the money wrongly paid out.

Further checks on the payments made by Rafferty were carried out and she was approached by management due to concerns that fraud was being committed.

At the end of August 2012, Rafferty admitted her involvement in fraudulent transactions and was suspended on full pay.

'On my way out'

At a meeting she admitted changing information on the system so it looked as though employees were being paid, but the cash was going into her account.

She said that her husband William, who also worked at the hotel, did not know what she was doing. Both later resigned from their posts.

When interviewed by police she said: "In 2006 I hadn't been well, I was diagnosed with cancer again and I did think, everything got on top of me a bit.

"This is the second time I've had cancer and I thought that definitely I was on my way out.

"So, I started to take some money, I was going to pay for things and make everything more comfortable for my family and I'm shocked to find out it is that kind of money."

A proceeds of crime hearing will take place at a later date.

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