March 7th 2017
A viscount’s former personal assistant escaped jail today after embezzling almost £23,000 from her employer.
Naomi Barrett, 53, went on a spending spree buying kitchen appliances and art works while working at Crimongate mansion in Aberdeenshire.
She also withdrew cash from Viscount Petersham’s credit card while committing the crime last year.
Barrett, of Tithe Barn, Branscome, Devon, admitted the offence after she was charged and appeared in court for sentence today.
Ruaridh McAllister said the former employee had access to the company credit card as part of her role working for his business near Fraserburgh.
He said: “In December 2015 the complainer and the accused made a verbal agreement that she would live rent free at a property owned by the complainer.”
The court heard that it was agreed that she could install a shower and two stoves.
Mr McAllister said: “In January 2016 the accused went…
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