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Fraudster postmistress Carol Oswald ordered to pay back £100,000

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Image caption A court heard Carol Oswald embezzled the money to fund her gambling habit

A postmistress who embezzled more than £100,000 from her employer and a community group has been ordered to repay the money.

Carol Oswald was told to pay almost £90,000 to the Post Office and more than £8,000 to the estate of one of her victims.

Oswald is serving 40 months in jail after she admitted embezzling more than £110,000 over five years.

The sub-post office manager embezzled the money to fund a gambling habit.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis ordered confiscation of £100,000 Oswald had made from the proceeds of crime.

Position of trust

She was ordered to pay £89,573 to the Post Office, £8,059 to the executors of Jean Johnston's estate, and £2,367 to Letham Climate Challenge.

Oswald also stole more than £8,000 from 81-year-old Jean Johnson, who trusted her to run the Post Office.

The 53-year-old previously admitted embezzling £100,000 from Letham Post Office between 1 January 2008 and 6 December 2012.

She further admitted embezzling £2,367 from Letham Climate Challenge while she was a trustee of the charity.

Oswald had been asked to set up a bank account for the charity but had not done so, and kept tax payments she was due to make on its sole employee's behalf.

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