A former council leader is accused of conning a woman in a £186,500 property fraud.
Andrew Polson allegedly pretended that he was buying a house in Bellshill, Lanarkshire as well as another in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire with the woman as “joint owner”.
It is claimed the 50 year-old – who is the former Conservative co-leader of East Dunbartonshire council – then “induced” her to transfer money at a bank in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire.
Prosecutors allege he committed fraud knowing he was purchasing both properties in his name only.
The charge spans between May 1, 2021 and January 14, 2022.
Polson faces a separate accusation of stealing the woman’s bank card on April 21, 2022.
A further allegation claims Polson embezzled £19,513 during his role as a director of Revival Radio Limited.
The offence is said to have taken place at the company’s premises in Cumbernauld, Lanarkshire, between January 1, 2021 and April 13, 2022.
Polson, of Bearsden, made no plea at a private hearing in Glasgow Sheriff Court.
He was granted bail in the meantime by Sheriff Joan Kerr.
There has been no date confirmed for any further court appearance.
STV News is now on WhatsApp
Get all the latest news from around the countryFollow STV News
Follow STV News on WhatsApp
Scan the QR code on your mobile device for all the latest news from around the country