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Embezzlement accountant 'planned to emigrate to Canada'

An accountant who embezzled more than £1.2m from an oil business was planning to emigrate to Canada, a court has heard.

David Johnston, 41, has admitted embezzling £1,246,917 from Aberdeen-based Capelrig Ltd.

A proof in mitigation hearing is now being held at Peterhead Sheriff Court.

Capelrig director Derek Cook said that Johnston had planned to leave the country when the firm went up for sale in 2008.

Deny involvement

Johnston claims his boss, managing director Brian Hill, authorised the transactions of company money to his personal account over 10 years.

He previously claimed that he used the money to fund and book numerous luxury holidays around the world for Mr Hill and Mrs Hill's wife.

Both Mr and Mrs Hill deny being involved. The hearing, before Sheriff Gregor Murray, continues.

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