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Natalie McGarry admits embezzling £25,000 from independence campaign groups

Natalie McGarry in 2015 - Scotland 2015

Natalie McGarry admits embezzling £25,000 from independence campaign groups

Former Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry has admitted she embezzled £25,000 from pro-independence campaign groups including Women for Independence (WFI).

As one of the founding members of WFI, McGarry pocketed £21,000 from the organisation, as well as around £4,600 from the Glasgow Regional Association of the SNP.

The embezzlements happened between April 2013 and November 2015, by which point she had been elected as an MP. She did not seek re-election in 2017.

McGarry was in court over the allegations and pled guilty to two of the four charges.

Last week she had sacked her legal team. Sheriff Paul Crozier adjourned the trial until next week to give her time to replace them.

He said: “You have been given this grace and it is in your best interest to contact your solicitor and to tell them to get in touch with the procurator fiscal.”

The Crown will try to recover the money through the Proceeds of Crime Act.

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