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Duns Summer Festival embezzler Alison McWilliam given payback order

A treasurer who embezzled more than £12,000 from a Borders festival has been given a community payback order with 200 hours of unpaid work.

Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard how gambling addict Alison McWilliam, 55, had run up a £15,000 debt.

At first she told Duns Summer Festival committee the missing money was a mistake, but later confessed her crime.

McWilliam, of Gavinton, admitted embezzling £12,375 between February and June last year.

The court heard she had now repaid the money she had taken.

She had been a member of the festival committee for 15 years and had been treasurer for eight years.

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