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Scott Paterson jailed over Glasgow casino embezzlement

A former head cashier at a Glasgow casino has been jailed for eight months for embezzling £32,500 to fund a gambling addiction.

Scott Paterson, 41, admitted taking cash from Merchant City Gala Casino between October last year and March.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how he took chips from storage, added them to those that were to be used in the casino and took the cash equivalent.

He was caught after an audit discovered the shortfall in reserve chips.

Audit shortfall

The court was told that the shortfall of £32,500 came to light when chips in storage were counted on 8 March.

The auditor spoke to the cashiers on duty and all were unable to explain the discrepancy.

The court heard that Paterson, who was off-duty that day but was in the casino, then asked to speak to staff in the office.

He told them: "Phone the police, it was me".

Paterson later admitted that he had a serious gambling problem and had taken reserve chips and added them to the live stock of chips.

Jailing Paterson, from Glasgow, Sheriff Brian Adair told him: "It seems to me I would be failing my public duty if I did not impose a custodial sentence."

He added that Paterson would have been jailed for 12 months but for his guilty plea.

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