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Man in court on £73,000 embezzlement charge

Jonathan Green Image copyright Alan Richardson
Image caption Jonathan Green was told by a sheriff that the offence was a "serious matter"

A man who embezzled more than £73,000 from his former employer had to repay the money from his pension fund, a court was told.

Two clients paid money directly into Jonathan Green's bank accounts thinking they were settling bills with Graham Builders Merchants in Dundee.

The fraud was uncovered when the company noticed the discrepancies and challenged the 45-year-old.

Green, from Letham, Angus will be sentenced on 30 August.

Dundee Sheriff Court was told that Green worked for the firm as a sales manager for over a year.

Depute fiscal Saima Rasheed said the first client paid £7,763 into Green's bank account.

Miss Rasheed said: "When his employer chased the sum with the client, the accused told them he would 'fix it.'"

The court heard that a second client made three payments totalling £65,622 into Green's bank account.

Miss Rasheed said that after Green's employer noticed the discrepancy he wrote a letter of apology and said he had been in "financial difficulties."

Ross Bennett, defending, said the money had been repaid in full.

He said: "The last tranche was repaid from his pension fund.

"He is a genuine first-time offender. He currently has a job, but whether that is retained after these proceedings remains to be seen."

Green admitted embezzling £73,386 from Graham Builders Merchants in Dundee between August 2011 and July 2012, while employed there as a contract sales manager.

Sheriff Lorna Drummond QC told him: "It is a very serious matter given the amounts involved."

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