Hibs employee sold tickets to away fans before pocketing the cash

Crowd shot of Easter Road football match December 2012
Easter Road: The tickets were sold for the away end.

A Hibs employee sold match tickets to football fans before pocketing the cash.

Judith Todd, 38, has been ordered to carry out 250 hours of community service for the scam which saw her steal £3800.

On Wednesday, Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard Todd took advantage of the system for away fans tickets.

She targeted games at Easter Road against Dundee United and St Johnstone in September and October 2011.

The court heard when the unsold tickets were returned to Easter Road, Todd would put them aside and then sell them onto football fans at match day and take the cash for herself.

Todd, from Penicuik, Midlothian, pleaded guilty to fraud last month.

Sheriff Scott sentenced her on Wednesday after hearing about Todd’s mental health problems.

Defence solicitor Iain Tweedie submitted a letter from Todd’s mental health nurse and said his client felt remorse for what she had done.

He added: "It will have an impact on her mental health. She has sought to co-operate with the authorities. There is a very little likelihood that she will re-appear in court again."

Passing sentence, Sheriff Scott said: "This is a very serious matter - to steal from your employer is a very serious breach of trust. However, I am persuaded that you were under substantial pressure in relation to your mental health problems and finances."

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