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Community work for Banchory 'patsy' who laundered thousands of pounds

A former soldier found guilty of laundering more than £36,000 of fraud money has been ordered to carry out community service.

Steven Carle, 45, of Banchory, was previously convicted by a jury after a trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Carle claimed he was duped into handling the money for a stranger he met in an Aberdeen pub.

He set up an account and four deposits were made in March 2012.

The money actually came from fraud victims who had been told they were making investments.

'Bend the rules'

Sheriff Graeme Napier told Carle to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work in the community.

He is also under a restriction of liberty order for the next six months.

Sheriff Napier said: "You may have been the patsy in this but without people like you who are willing to bend the rules then people would not be able to commit these frauds.

"I accept that there is no evidence that you were going to make any money out of this."

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