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HMA v Eric Lavender
Oct 15, 2021
On sentencing Sheriff Kenneth Campbell QC made the following statement in court:
"On 9 September, you pled guilty to a charge of embezzlement of £38,960.28 from your former employer, Interserve, between 1 February 2016 and 10 February 2017.
I will impose a Community Payback Order (CPO) with a number of elements:
- a supervision requirement of 18 months
- a requirement to carry out 200 hours unpaid work in 18 months, which I have modified from 300 hours to reflect the timing of the plea.
I will impose a compensation order for payment to your former employer, Interserve, in the amount of £38,960. I will submissions about a schedule for payment."
October 15, 2021