A PARLEGAL from the law firm of Bell & Co solicitors in Kilmarnock has been jailed for two years after admitting embezzlement & mortgage fraud totalling more than EIGHTY SEVEN THOUSAND POUNDS. It was also revealed Arlene Reid, who worked at the law firm between 2007 & 2011 had two prior convictions for dishonesty.
BBC News reports : Legal aide Arlene Reid jailed for £87,000 fraud charges
A woman who admitted embezzlement and mortgage fraud totalling more than £87,000 has been jailed for two years.
Arlene Reid, 37, committed the offences while working as a paralegal at Bell and Co solicitors in Kilmarnock between May 2007 and July 2011.
The town's sheriff court heard how she defrauded the Alliance and Leicester into releasing £64,371 by pretending she was buying her council house.
Reid, from Irvine, also stole £23,000 in cash from her employers.
Following her conviction, it emerged that Reid has two prior convictions for dishonesty.
Jailing her, Sheriff Iona McDonald told Reid the seriousness of the offence meant no other disposal was suitable.