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Confiscation order against embezzler

A Confiscation Order for £187,300 was made earlier this week against a man who had previously admitted embezzling money from Aberdeen City Council.

Jack Downie, of Inverurie, pleaded guilty on 16th February 2012 to embezzling £386,004.12 from Aberdeen City Council between 2nd August 2006 and 7th September 2010. He was sentenced to two years imprisonment on 22nd March 2012.

A Confiscation Order under the Proceeds of Crime Act has now been made against him. A Confiscation Order is an order made by the court following criminal conviction, to pay a fixed sum of money from the proceeds of crime. 

“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,” said Lindsey Miller, Head of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s Serious and Organised Crime Division. “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.”