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Rutherglen bank worker jailed for cash theft

Glasgow Sheriff Court
Image caption Cameron was jailed at Glasgow Sheriff Court

A bank teller who stole £150,000 to pay a flat deposit and clear credit card debt has been jailed for 18 months.

Janie Cameron embezzled the cash from Royal Bank of Scotland's Stonelaw Road branch in Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, between 2004 and 2006.

She admitted the charge at Glasgow Sheriff Court after being caught when an inspection identified a large number of cash transactions under her name.

Sheriff Sam Cathcart told Cameron there was no alternative to custody.

Large transactions

The court heard how bank employee Karen McNutt visited the bank in June 2006 to carry out a routine inspection of transactions.

She noticed a number of large cash transactions were being processed by Cameron and this led to a full investigation.

This revealed that Cameron had removed cash from her teller position and covered it up by entering fictitious manual transactions on the bank's computer system.

'Covered tracks'

Following the investigation, Cameron, of Woodend Court, Glasgow, was suspended from duty and called to a meeting at the bank's headquarters.

She later admitted using the cash to fund a deposit on a flat and to pay off about £70,000 of credit card debt.

Sentencing the mother-of-one, Sheriff Sam Cathcart told Cameron: "This was a substantial breach of trust committed over a period of two years.

"You covered your tracks by creating false transactions in the bank's system on a daily basis and, as such, I can see no alternative to a custodial sentence."

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