Embezzler is jailed for 33 months

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A CORRUPT accounts clerk who stole more than £200,000 from a marquee firm which counts the Queen among its customers has been jailed for 33 months.

Neil Murray, 43, pocketed £273,181 from Newbridge-based Clycan Management in a scam which took place between January 2004 and February 2009.

The company, which boasts a royal warrant, was the main provider of marquees for the the Coronation Festival, which took place at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the coronation in July.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how bosses at the firm allowed Murray control of the company cheque book. He was supposed to sign business cheques on behalf of his bosses.

But Murray – who also worked in payroll – abused his position of trust and wrote cheques using the signatures of Clycan directors. He banked those cheques in his account.

He also embezzled £32,136.38 in cash from Clycan.

However, the court heard that both police and prosecutors have been unable to trace any of Murray’s ill-gotten gains.

Murray, of Giles Street, pleaded guilty to embezzlement and proceeds of crime charges before Sheriff Nigel Ross last month.