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Carer Margo Alongi guilty of raiding patients' bank accounts in East Lothian

Margo Alongi Image copyright CIARAN DONNELLY

An East Lothian carer has been found guilty of raiding the bank accounts belonging to two pensioners she was looking after of almost £46,000.

Margo Alongi, 54, from Musselburgh, was found guilty of defrauding Roy Scott, 68, of £2,350, and Elizabeth Lynch, 78, of £43,600, between May 2010 and January 2014.

Both her victims are now deceased.

Alongi had denied stealing the money during a 10-day trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Alongi had been given her clients' bank cards so she could make small transactions and withdrawals for her patients.

However, she made various withdrawals, keeping the money for herself.

Police investigations began when Ms Lynch died and her niece, Lynn Harrison, as her executor, studied her bank statements.

Fiscal Depute Anthony Steele told Sheriff Fiona Tait that Alongi had no previous convictions and the sheriff deferred sentence for reports until 25 November.

She allowed Alongi's bail to continue.

Defence solicitor, Emma Templeton, said she would reserve her plea of mitigation until that date.

As she left the court, Ms Harrison, said she was "more than relieved" with the verdicts.

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