Woman used stolen £200,000 on wedding and luxury holidays

Maria Weir, 63, has been ordered to pay back £32,354.79 of the embezzled cash.

A woman who embezzled almost £200,000 and splurged the cash on luxury holidays and her own wedding has been ordered to pay some of the money back.

Maria Weir, 63, stole the cash while she was operations manager at Scottish Intellectual Asset Management between 2005 and 2011.

As well as flights to America, she also used the money to pay for her wedding reception, bridal wear, concert tickets and groceries.

Last year, Weir pleaded guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to embezzling £199,880.84 from the company.

At a confiscation hearing on Wednesday, it was agreed that she would pay back £32,354.79.

Defence lawyer Ian Sievwright told the court Weir would use her pension and sell her property to stump up the cash.

An earlier hearing was told Weir created an “intricate system of emails and invoices” to cover the bogus payments into her own bank account.

Weir, of Glasgow’s Baillieston, was caught after she left the company in 2011.

She went on to work in Germany where she was arrested on an international warrant last April.

Weir, who has mobility issues, has not been sentenced due to numerous health problems.

Sheriff Johanna Johnston QC deferred sentence again until October and continued Weir’s bail meantime.

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