“Ripped off” worker helped himself to company cash


A worker who stole £3500 from his company claimed he did so because he had been “ripped off” over unpaid wages. 

Taking the law into his own hands resulted in Michael Ramsay appearing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court. 

Ramsay (41), of Stevenston, Ayrshire, admitted that between 3rd and 31st August 2015 he stole £3500 from the Albert Hotel, Main Street, North Queensferry. Money was taken from cash machines in Edinburgh, Rosyth and Kilmarnock. 

Defence solicitor Gordon Martin said, “When interviewed by police he said his employer hadn’t been paying him money.  

“He had this card for legitimate purposes in his work. When his employers refused to pay up he used the card. 

“He gave money to the staff and kept some for himself. He said he was due £6000 to £7000 as he’d been working 16 to 17 hours a day. He took £800 and gave the rest to other workers who were also owed money by his employer. 

“He and his fellow workers were ripped off by the employer and thereafter he tried to get the money back. 

“He’s sorry he’s appearing in court and would like this to be the last time he appears in court.” 

Depute fiscal Carrie Stevens said, “He had a company credit card and used it to withdraw money at a number of locations.” 

She added that she took no issue with the comments made by Mr Martin about the background to the offence. 

Sheriff Craig McSherry imposed a community payback order with 175 hours of unpaid work.


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