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Lockerbie cashier Linda Campbell jailed for embezzling funds

A cashier at a solicitors' office who embezzled more than £77,000 to fund her online gambling habit has been jailed.

Linda Campbell, 53, of High Street, Lockerbie was told by a sheriff she had betrayed the trust of her employers Henderson and Mackay.

She admitted taking the funds over a period of a little more than a year between June 2010 and July 2011.

Sheriff Kenneth Ross jailed her for 20 months and said it would have been two years without her guilty plea.

Dumfries Sheriff Court heard how she had joined the Lockerbie firm in 2004 and had risen to her position as cashier.

However, an investigation was launched when some money went missing.

An audit showed a large number of discrepancies with cheques and cash being diverted to Campbell's bank account.

As a result of the embezzlement Campbell, who had been in charge of bookkeeping and cash and was "trusted implicitly", was dismissed and had to sell her home in an effort to repay the money.

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