Golf club treasurer denies taking cash, court hears

Royal Musselburgh Golf Course. Picture: Neil Hanna

Royal Musselburgh Golf Course. Picture: Neil Hanna

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A TREASURER at a prestigious golf club locked himself in his bedroom after being confronted about missing cash, a court has heard.

Barry Miller was in charge of finances at the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club when thousands of pounds allegedly went missing from the accounts.

Committee members claimed the “financial wizard” had told them he had invested the cash even though he had been given no permission to do so.

But when the funds failed to reappear, members confronted the HSBC financial advisor at his home in a bid to retrieve the missing £12,000.

Club captain Arthur Reid said he attempted to speak to the 36-year-old treasurer at his home but claimed Mr Miller locked himself in his bedroom and refused to come out.

Details of the meeting and the alleged embezzlement came out as Mr Miller appeared in the dock at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday.

The court was told Mr Miller took over as treasurer at the historic non-profit golf club in April 2011 and had “casual” conversations with committee members about investing the club’s cash in a bid to turn a profit.

Mr Reid told the court despite having not been granted permission to invest the club’s finances money started going missing from the club’s accounts.

Mr Reid said: “I identified some things were amiss and we went to Mr Miller’s house. I was concerned about his state of health as he locked himself in his bedroom and wouldn’t talk to us.

“He was very defensive and agitated and gave us no reasonable explanation to what was going on. He was not very coherent and we didn’t get any coherent answers to where the money was.”

Mr Reid, 55, along with club secretary Jim Gilmour reported the matter to police.

Mr Reid told the court he was forced to pay thousands of pounds of his own money into the club’s account just to keep the non-profit sporting organisation afloat.

Former treasurer Stanley Love told the court when he handed over the position to Mr Miller the golf club’s “cash flow position was healthy” and there had been “no financial difficulties” during his time in the role.

Mr Miller, who is representing himself, denies embezzling £12,248 while treasurer at the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club, near Prestonpans, between June 1 and November 8, 2011.

The trial will conclude later this month.