Building firm boss ordered to pay compensation after elderly woman lost thousands in banking scam

Doyle was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court -Credit:Hamilton Advertiser
Doyle was sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court -Credit:Hamilton Advertiser

A building firm boss has been ordered to pay compensation after an elderly woman lost £120,000 in a banking scam.

Police found that £16,000 of the pensioner's cash had been transferred to an account belonging to Coatbridge man Kevin Doyle.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard it had then been "dispersed quickly" to other accounts.

Doyle, 41, of Margaret Street, admitted handling criminal property in January 2018.

The court was told that a woman in her 70s lost £120,000 in a large-scale online fraud during that month.

An investigation revealed that £16,000 of this had gone into a Bank of Scotland account named "Kevin Doyle Building Contracts".

Of this, £7000 was transferred quickly to Doyle's personal account while £9000 went into another account.

The £7000 was again "dispersed quickly" with some cash being withdrawn and an amount being switched to yet another bank account.

Doyle was arrested in December 2019 after a lengthy police investigation.

He made no reply when charged with money laundering offences.

The court heard that the fraud victim has received some compensation but none of the £16;000 linked to Doyle has been paid back yet.

Defence lawyer John Paul Gallacher said the dad-of-five is willing to repay £1000 per month.

Mr Gallacher told the court: “He has been plagued by alcohol and drug addiction but recently has turned his life around.

“He has worked in construction for 25 years and now has his own business with eight workers.”

Sheriff Colin Dunipace said he had seriously considered jailing Doyle, who admitted previous convictions, but the maximum sentence was only six months and the victim would not get compensation if he was sent to prison.

The sheriff ordered him to repay the £16,000.

Doyle was also placed under supervision for two years and must carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work.

Sheriff Dunipace warned him: “If you don’t repay this or breach these orders you will go into custody.”

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