A man who embezzled almost £55,000 from a finance company's Edinburgh offices has been jailed.
At Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Scott Rennie, 29, was sentenced to 16 months in prison.
He had earlier pleaded guilty to embezzling the cash from Aegon UK from their offices in Lochside Crescent, between December 2014 and April 2015.
Sentence had been deferred for a social work report. Rennie had no previous convictions.
Suffering from depression
Defence solicitor David Fitzpatrick told Sheriff Frank Crowe that Rennie had a considerable amount of debt and was suffering from depression.
"He knew he was going to be caught" said Mr Fitzpatrick, had fully admitted his guilt and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
The lawyer added that action was being taken under the Proceeds of Crime Act and his client had asked that Sheriff Crowe consider a Community Payback Order as an alternative to custody.
Sheriff Crowe told Rennie: "There is a large amount of money involved here. You were at a fairly low level in the organisation, but you had a pivotal role in a position of trust. A custodial sentence in inevitable.
"I think you got over your head in debt. You should have tried to arrange some form of payment to your creditors which would have left you some money, whereas your debts took all of your income."