Girvan man took cash from vulnerable adults

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A 55-year-old Girvan man was sentenced to nine and a half months in prison at Stranraer Sheriff Court yesterday after he admitted five counts of embezzling money from vulnerable people.

Thomas Brown, of 9 Bourtreehall, stole a total of £2840 when working for Turning Point in Newton Stewart.

The accused pled guilty to taking the money out of accounts at the Clydesdale Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland in Newton Stewart between July 2008 and May 2009.

The account holders were all clients of the national support organisation.

In mitigation, Brown’s agent said he had taken a small amount of money to start with, got away with it and then things “snowballed”. This was during a time he was under financial pressure. The solicitor said the accused was “ashamed and disgusted with himself” and his health had suffered as a result of his actions.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb told Brown only a prison sentence reflected the seriousness of the offence. Brown was also ordered to pay restitution to his victims.