A North-east man has been ordered to carry out unpaid work after he embezzled more than £6,000 from the shop he worked at.
Jamie Marshall, 24, was handed the order as an alternative to custody when he appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court for sentencing after admitting embezzling £6,627.24 from the Co-operative on Kemnay High Street.
The offence took place between October 10 last year and January 1 this year.
The court heard that Marshall had been working at the store and ultimately became a team leader.
The offence came to light when an audit revealed a £330 wastage had been recorded. On investigation it was found that Marshall had processed refunds for nine bottles of whisky for that amount. CCTV showed him scanning the bottles with no customers present.
A number of other transactions where sales were generated without receipts or customers there were also discovered.
Defence agent Bruce MacDonald said: “It is a significant amount of money and a serious breach of trust.” He added that Marshall was “embarrassed and humiliated” by his actions.
Sheriff Morag McLaughlin ordered Marshall, of Kembhill Park, Kemnay, to carry out 160 hours of unpaid work within six months.
He will also be under supervision for 18 months and has to pay £3,000 compensation.