Mum stole cash from hotel

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A MUM embezzled £30,000 from her bosses to feed her ­addiction to internet shopping.

Hotel bookkeeper Eleanor Buchanan splashed the stolen cash on children’s designer clothing, most of which she still has, a court heard.

Livingston Sheriff Court was told she was caught after a ­director at the Hillcroft ­Hotel in Whitburn, West Lothian, ­noticed a payment to a supplier he didn’t recognise.

When he checked the books, he found the account was in Buchanan’s name – and she’d been siphoning off money for a year. Buchanan, 43, of Shotts, North Lanarkshire, pleaded guilty to embezzling the cash while she was working for hotel owners Hilditch Inns between December 2010 and January 2011.

Sheriff Jamie Gilmour ­adjourned the case for a month for information about Buchanan’s finances.

He said: “The court will ­defer sentence for inquiries to be made as to how much of this £30,000 can be repaid, because it may well make the difference between a custodial or non-­custodial sentence.”