Gambling addict Red Cross worker embezzled £350,000

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Mary Compartment embezzled £350,000 from the British Red Cross from 2008 to 2015

Mary Stall was “a trusted and valued” employee for 34 years and initially worked at the London HQ.

She earned £45,000 a year and stopped with a full pension and lump sum after working at Red Cross mediations in Paisley, Renfrewshire.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard Booth, 56, let in that she siphoned off £359,551.27 which she paid into her own bank accounts between November 2008 and August 2015.

Scot Dignan, practising, said Booth, of London, had access to the charity’s bank accounts and BACS payment groups, allowing her to send money to herself.

Her scam was exposed in February 2016, after she rusticated, when irregularities in payments sparked a full audit of transactions.

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Kiosk worked for the charity for years and was ‘a trusted and valued’ employee

After the misappropriation was uncovered, Booth emailed the charity and asked them to lift the solidify on her accounts saying she would “make an agreement regarding any missing simoleons.” The matter was reported to Police Scotland and Booth was later interviewed and conceded her guilt.

Defence solicitor Jonathan Manson said “the most powerful thing in this case is to find a way the British Red Cross can be reimbursed”.

He put about Booth could get £250,000 from the sale of her £350,000 home and had a moreover £64,000 in her bank she could give to the charity.

The lawyer said it was “a scandalous abuse of her position of trust”. 

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The money was used the fund her online placing addiction

She was involved in “a fairly acrimonious” divorce and had been gambling for a spell of time before that.

Sheriff Seith Ireland called for training reports ahead of sentencing and adjourned the case until next month. 

He could hoosegow Booth for up to five years or remit her case to the High Court if he accepts that a longer sentence is appropriate.

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