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Dundee bookkeeper accused of embezzling more than £42,000

A bookkeeper is to stand trial accused of embezzling more than £42,000 from her Dundee employers.

Patricia Henderson is alleged to have taken the cash from roofing firm Andrew Clark Slaters, between 1 April 2009 and 30 October 2010.

At Dundee Sheriff Court the 45-year-old pled not guilty to embezzling a total of £42,886, claiming some of the money was from bingo wins.

Sheriff Elizabeth Munro continued the case until next week.

Ms Henderson's lawyer told the court that part of her defence was that she had had a series of wins on bingo, and that accounted for some of the cash in her bank.

Bingo wins

Defence solicitor Lynn McVicar said: "We are still awaiting a meeting with a forensic accountant, and need to await the outcome of that consultation before proceeding.

"Part of the defence is that there were a number of bingo winnings during the course of this period, and that requires us to do a manual search of records at the bingo company's head office in the south of England.

"We anticipate that information will be available in a week. It is quite a complicated case and there are avenues we require to explore."

Fiscal depute Trina Sinclair said: "There is no objection to a continuation."

Sheriff Elizabeth Munro continued the case until next week for the defence to make investigations.

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