£187,300 confiscated

A FORMER Aberdeen City Council worker who embezzled hundreds of thousands of pounds from the authority has had £187,300 confiscated.

Friday, 8th February 2013, 3:31 pm

Jack Downie, from Inverurie, was jailed for two years when he admitted taking nearly £400,000 over a four-year period.

He was working as a team leader with the council at the time.

At Aberdeen Sheriff Court last Thursday, a confiscation order was made against Downie under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Lindsey Miller, head of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s Serious and Organised Crime Division, said after the hearing: “Jack Downie embezzled hundreds of thousands of pounds from the public purse for over four years. This was a significant breach of trust where he betrayed the responsibility of his position and stole from the public he was supposed to be serving.

“We are satisfied that this £187,300 confiscation order represents the amount of money available to us at this time, on the basis that is the total value of his assets he can sell to pay the order.

“This money will be added to the £60 million already gathered from Proceeds of Crime and will be re-invested by Scottish Ministers through the CashBack for Communities programme.”

Downie was sentenced at Aberdeen Sheriff Court in March last year when he admitted embezzling £386,004.12 from the city council between August 2, 2006, and September 7, 2010.

The court heard that he had responsibility for processing lump sum payments for teachers taking early retirement. Internal audits showed he had illegaly transferred council funds to three separate accounts.