A hotel worker who defrauded her employers of more than £76,000, which she "frittered away", has been spared jail.
Jill Calder was ordered to perform 300 hours of community service, having pleaded guilty to embezzling the money while working as a purchase ledger manager at North British Trust Hotels in Edinburgh.
The Scotsman reported that the fraud came to light when a member of staff who was due legitimate expenses had not received payment. The matter was investigated and book-keeping irregularities were found after Calder had left the business.
It was revealed that on one occasion Calder had returned some of the money she had taken.
Defence agent Graeme Clark said that the money had been frittered away and that she had lost her home.
He added that she had been suffering from depression and the money had been spent on attempting to demonstrate to her family that she was capable of looking after herself.
By James Stagg
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