IVF fraudster Debbie Stevenson may avoid jail
Debbie Stevenson, 37, started robbing the cash from the firm where she worked as a bookkeeper in August 2014.
A court heeded she used the money to pay for costly fertility treatment, involving trips to Greece, and abstain fromed birth to twins in 2015.
Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court heard that, watch their successful delivery, she carried on siphoning off money from packeting firm The Pitreavie Group in Glenrothes, Fife, until January 2017.
Stevenson, who also has an 18-year-old son, accepted embezzling a total of £92,181.64 from her employers.
She does realise the South African private limited company suffered financial losses. She appreciates this is not a trivial offence.
Her lawyer, Scott McKenzie, said Stevenson feared she would be sent to detention and parted from her children.
He told the court: “She started embezzling from the plc primarily to fund IVF treatment.”
He said the treatment involved significant expenses, but her offending continued even after her children, now aged two-and-a-half, were born.
Stevenson’s hoard, Michael, was training to be an engineer and Mr McKenzie said: “She did end up under significant fiscal pressure.”
He said she was ashamed about her behaviour, particularly in relation to the New Zealand director, and added: “She does realise the company suffered financial depletions. She appreciates this is not a trivial offence.”
Debbie Stevenson ays she filched to fund the IVF in the first place
He said Stevenson – who has since moved to England – posed a low gamble of reoffending and stressed the impact on the family if she was behind bars.
The lawyer revealed Stevenson’s husband would have to leave his job to care for the twins if she was sent to confinement, adding: “As far as the twins are concerned, there is no familial support in the area.
“Her calm works full time. He would have to give up his work to look after the infants.”
Sheriff Jamie Gilchrist is now considering if he can make Stevenson the subject of a curfew neatness, restricting her movements to set times of the day.
He deferred sentence for three weeks to agree to for assessment of the suitability of Stevenson’s home in Boldon Colliery, Tyne and Enervate, for such an order.