A bankrupt director who embezzled a £85,000 wage rise for himself has been jailed.
Brian Cappie was jailed for 16 months for pocketing the extra cash while working for Martec Engineering Group in Cambuslang, Glasgow.
The 51-year-old former operations and finance director’s crime came to light when auditors were called into the steel firm.
Cappie, of Rothesay Crescent, Coatbridge, in North Lanarkshire, previously pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to embezzling the money between September 1, 2007, and September 30, 2008.
Passing sentence on Thursday, Sheriff Nigel Ross said: "I understand you are a man of previously good character and conducted yourself hitherto lawfully, and I understand you have certain personal difficulties of a mental nature.
"Balancing this is the fact I am dealing with a sum of £85,000 which I have to take seriously and it was an embezzlement over a period of little over a year, it was not simply a one off, but a course of conduct." He added that there was "no alternative" to custody.
Procurator fiscal Laura Greer previously told the court Cappie was employed by the firm in September 2005.
She said: "He increased his salary without authorisation and did so between the relevant dates. Auditors were brought in and following investigations it was discovered what the accused had been doing.
"Thereafter the police were contacted and the accused made full admissions to auditors and the police."
The court also heard Cappie had a gambling addiction which was an "escape" from the depression he suffers.
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