South Scotland

Solicitor jailed over embezzlement from Dumfries firm

A solicitor who embezzled £13,000 of clients' money at a law firm in Dumfries has been jailed for 12 months.

At Dumfries Sheriff Court, Steven Crommie, 37, was told he had broken a trust with his firm and with clients.

Crommie, from Reddingmuirhead in Falkirk, admitted committing the offence on various dates between April 2013 and February last year while he was a director of Bell Park Kerridge.

The court was told that the firm opened in Dumfries in 2012.

Crommie had been part of the operation.

Personal difficulties

An investigation started after it was found that he was taking cash from clients.

The clients involved have been fully compensated, the court heard.

Solicitor Alastair Bryce said that Crommie, who had been a solicitor for 15 years, had co-operated fully with the investigation when he was confronted.

He said he had been enduring some personal difficulties and it was a relief when the matters came to light.

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