Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Police officer Stuart Dunlop jailed for 10 months for fraud

A Lothian and Borders Police officer who attempted to defraud his bank of £1,000 has been jailed for 10 months.

Stuart Dunlop, 33, tried to cover up his tracks by obtaining the branch's CCTV footage of the day in February 2010 he committed the offences.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court last month he was found guilty of attempted fraud, wasting police time and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Sentence was deferred until Wednesday for background reports.

Sheriff Nigel Morrison QC heard, during the trial, that on 26 February 2010, Dunlop had gone into the Royal Bank of Scotland branch in John Street, Penicuik, and told an employee that his bank card had been stolen and sums of money totalling £1,000 had been fraudulently withdrawn.

He persuaded the teller to record the details and report the theft so that the £1,000 could be re-instated into his account.

He had, in fact, withdrawn the money himself. Dunlop then went into Corstorphine Police Station and reported the theft of his card to PC Robert Maloney.

On 4 March 2010, believing that the RBS branch's CCTV recording of February 26 would identify him carrying out the attempted fraud, he returned to the branch.

He told an employee that he was acting on behalf of PC Robert Maloney and required the CCTV recording.

This was an attempt to conceal the evidence implicating him in fraudulent activity and an attempt to pervert the course of justice.

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