Man stole £131k after conning his way into job

Robert Stewart pled guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Greg Macvean

Robert Stewart pled guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court. Picture: Greg Macvean

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A man stole almost £131,000 from his employers, after conning his way into a £49,000 a year job by claiming to have a degree in Accountancy from St Andrews’ University and a glittering career since.

Forty-six year old Robert Stewart’s deceit was uncovered, however, when his employers received a letter suggesting they check up on him as he might not be all that he claimed.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Stewart of Viewfield, Cairnhill, Airdrie, pled guilty to defrauding Cash Generator and The Cheque Centre at Bankhead Crossway North in Edinburgh of £130,956.42 between August 22, 2011, and October 10, 2013.

Fiscal Depute Alison Innes told Sheriff Donald Corke that Stewart had presented a curriculum vitae stating he had a degree in Accountancy from St Andrews’ University and had “an illustrious career” in accountancy. He was employed on a salary of almost £49,000 a year.

Ms Innes said in August 2012, the firm’s managing director had received a letter “suggesting perhaps they would like to look into the accused’s claims as he didn’t appear to be what he was and his qualifications might not be genuine”.

“Inquiries were carried out “ said the Fiscal “and the company discovered he was not what he presented himself to be”.

A meeting was planned, said the Fiscal, but Stewart went off sick and then took annual leave. “He E-mailed and resigned from the company, but they dismissed him” said Ms Innes. An audit was carried out and it was found that numerous payments had been made from the company’s bank account into two accounts operated by Stewart.

Sheriff Corke deferred sentence on Stewart until February 26 for background reports. His bail was continued.