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Payroll manager hid stolen money in family bank accounts

Eleanor Herd Image copyright Spindrift
Image caption Eleanor Herd used her pensioner father's bank account to switch funds

A payroll manager used the bank accounts of five family members to hide £35,000 which she stole from her employers.

Eleanor Herd, 57, diverted funds from Peel Ports Group Ltd on 45 occasions over a two-year period.

This included £16,387 to her 79-year-old father's bank and £14,915 in one of her daughter's accounts.

She was caught when HMRC queried tax owed by employees of the port operator, and an internal audit was carried out.

Herd, from Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to embezzling £35,654 at Peel Port's Glasgow city centre office between January 2008 and March 2010.

Sheriff Alan MacKenzie deferred sentence until next month for reports and continued Herd's bail.

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