Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Man who embezzled aunt's estate has £200,000 seized

A court has ordered £200,000 to be seized from a man found guilty of embezzling £410,000 from his late aunt.

The confiscation order has been issued against 57-year-old John Lamberton, from Edinburgh.

Lamberton was found guilty of embezzling money from stocks and shares and non-payment of tax in 2005.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told Lamberton "betrayed" his family and fled the country before being extradited and convicted.

Lindsey Miller, head of the Serious and Organised Crime Division, said: "This was a despicable crime and a breach of trust carried out by John Lamberton against members of his own family.

"He betrayed his own brother and the wishes of his late aunt, to whom he claimed to be very close."

Mr Miller said fleeing abroad did not protect criminals from the powers available to the Crown and law enforcement under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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