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Woman jailed for Aberdeen City Council phone scam

A woman who admitted a £73,000 mobile phone scam at Aberdeen City Council has been jailed.

Nicola Williamson, 47, pretended she was ordering the phones in the course of her work, but was selling them on.

She lost her job as a senior analyst when the crime came to light. She had been employed by the local authority for more than 28 years.

Williamson, who had earlier admitted fraud at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, was jailed for a year.

Defence lawyer Mike Monro said: "She realised how easy it was to sell these phones because of the trust that she had. She didn't even have to cover her tracks because nobody was doing any checks."

Sheriff Graeme Buchanan described her actions as a "gross breach of trust" and said a prison sentence was inevitable.

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