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Building society embezzler Sharon Grange sentenced

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Image caption Sharon Grange was ordered to repay the money she embezzled

A building society manager who embezzled £12,400 from clients has been given a community sentence.

Sharon Grange, 30, took the money from the Nationwide Building Society branch in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, over the course of 11 months.

Grange's solicitor said a prison sentence would have a detrimental effect on his client raising her newborn baby.

She was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

Grange was also ordered to pay back the money at £60 per week.

Perth Sheriff Court was told that Grange deliberately identified two client accounts which were rarely used so she could take money from them in the hope it would not be noticed.

She used that money to cover the sums she was taking from her own till at the branch between 1 May 2015 and 2 April 2016.

'Impact significantly'

Grange, of Dundee, who was sacked when the money was spotted missing during an audit, admitted embezzling £12,400 while she was in a position of trust.

John Boyle, defending, said: "It is her great concern, given she has a young daughter, that the court may be considering a custodial sentence.

"She is well aware her liberty is at risk and that causes significant concern - specifically for her daughter. She is feeding her daughter herself.

"I suggest justice is better served by having her at liberty to care for her young child and to make payment back to the Nationwide."

Sheriff Gillian Wade said: "This was a serious breach of trust and a substantial embezzlement of funds. It obviously spiralled beyond anything you could control.

"Your circumstances are such that imposition of a custodial sentence would impact significantly on your newborn daughter and punish her as much as you."

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