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Banker jailed over embezzlement

A banker who embezzled thousands of pounds from the Bank of Scotland branch where he worked has been jailed for five months and ten days.

Gary Ducat targeted an account he had access to and siphoned £7,000 off to himself.

Dundee Sheriff Court heard that Ducat could not even account for where the money had gone.

Ducat worked for Bank of Scotland for almost five years at its Murraygate branch in Dundee city centre.

Ducat, 27, of Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to embezzling the money between 23 January and 5 November.

'Breach of trust'

Mike Short, solicitor for Ducat, said: "This is a man who has made a mistake. He accepts responsibility for his actions and is willing to pay the money back.

"He has lost his career at the bank and it will now be very difficult for him to get a job because of this breach of trust.

"When he was spoken to by police and the anti-fraud branch of the bank, he accepted full responsibility. Now he will have to live with the fact that when he applies for any decent job, he'll be unlikely to receive it."

Sheriff George Way jailed Ducat to five months and 10 days in prison.

The sheriff told him he had committed a "crime of opportunity."

He said: "This was a clear breach of trust. He targeted an account he suspected he would be able to access and now can't even account for where the money went.

"I'm left with the feeling this was a crime of opportunity. You thought there was a reasonably good chance you would get away with what you did."

A spokesman for Bank of Scotland said: "We do not comment on individual cases.

"However, I can confirm that we do take any incident of fraud very seriously and will ensure customers are fully reimbursed should they be the innocent victim of fraud."

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