Glasgow & West Scotland

Donna Shedden jailed for £613,073 car firm embezzlement

Donna Shedden
Image caption Donna Shedden stole more than £600,000 from Charlton Chauffeur Drive

A financial manager who stole £613,073 from the Glasgow car firm where she worked has been jailed for 32 months.

Donna Shedden, 49, from Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, admitted embezzling cash from Charlton Chauffeur Drive Ltd between March 2007 and February 2013.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how Shedden was caught after a suspicious colleague investigated while she was on holiday.

Sheriff John McCormick told Shedden, who is married to a Crown prosecutor, that a jail term was unavoidable.

The sheriff said he took into consideration all of the circumstances, including that Shedden's "family life has been devastated".

'Trusted position'

He told her that she committed the crime while in a "trusted position" and "only a custodial sentence was appropriate".

A previous hearing was told that Shedden used the cash to fund a lavish lifestyle of visiting restaurants and buying jewellery and clothes.

She even carried on with the theft when the company struggled financially and employees were let go and wages cut.

She was caught when a colleague suspected she was not acting "appropriately" where the company finances were concerned and investigated her while she was on holiday to South Africa.

After being confronted by her boss and director of the company Michael O'Hare, Shedden admitted she had taken money and eventually disclosed the full amount.

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