Mum ripped off bosses for £53,000

A MOTHER-of-four who ripped off two employers for more than £53,000 has been jailed for 18 months for what a sheriff described as “a grave breach of trust”.

Lorna Brand, 54, of Westwood, West Calder, had pleaded guilty previously at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to embezzling £25,734 while employed by GWC (UK) Ltd in West Calder between November 2, 2007, and November 5, 2008.

She also admitted embezzling £27,433.58 while working for Jefcoate Anderson Architects Ltd and Lothian Design and Build Ltd in Penicuik between June 14, 2009, and April 21, 2010.

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Defence solicitor Mark Harrower told Sheriff James Scott that Mr and Mrs Brand had got themselves into considerable debt, around £40,000.

At the time of the offences, he said, Mr Brand was working away from home most of the time and was also troubled by a gambling addiction.

Sheriff Scott said Mrs Brand’s embezzlement of a substantial sum of money was a grave breach of trust.

He sentenced her to 18 months’ prison on both charges to run concurrently.