Scots fraudster embezzled £1m from cash strapped council over 18 years

A Scots fraudster has been convicted of embezzling more than £1 million from a Scots council, over an 18-year period.

Michael Paterson pled guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh of embezzling funds of £1,087,444.47 from Aberdeen City Council, between 2006 and 2023.

A probe was launched in 2023, when officers were made aware of his wrongdoings. He was arrested on 21 December last year.

Paterson is due to be sentenced at a later date.

Detective Constable Tom Cameron said: “Paterson portrayed himself as an honest and professional individual and instead used his position to obtain a significant amount of money.

“I hope this investigation highlights our commitment to fully investigate all reports of financial crime."

He added: “Anyone who believes they’ve been a victim of a financial crime, or has information about such offences, is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101. If you wish to do this anonymously, you can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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