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Former SNPMP prison embezzled £ 25,000 from an independent group

Natalie Magary, 40, who represented Glasgow East between 2015 and 2017, was guilty of two cases of guilty in May after a trial in Glasgow State Court. I was convicted of the crime. The jury was found guilty of spending £ 19,974 while accounting for the Women for Independence (WFI) between April 26, 2013 and November 30, 2015. She was the accountant, secretary, and convenor of the Glasgow Regional Association of SNP for receiving £ 4,661 between April 9, 2014 and August 10, 2015.

Sheriff Tom Hughes, who sentenced McGarry, said he had betrayed those who trusted her and said her custodial sentence was inevitable.

He told her: "It is very clear that society has the right to seek high public office and to expect the highest standards from those who will ultimately achieve it."

Sheriff Hughes added: ..

During the six-week trial, the court reported McGarry from dozens of witnesses, including former Scottish Minister of Health Jeane Freeman, after noticing a significant shortage of WFI accounts. Stated.

Ms. Freeman said she did not expect donations to the group's independence crowdfunding to be sent from the organization's PayPal account to McGarry's personal bank account.

She also expressed her dissatisfaction with McGarry, who was late in delivering receipts and invoices showing what her money was spent on.

The court also heard from witnesses that McGarry has personal financial difficulties and is regularly financed by her family and friends.

This includes Humza Yousaf, the current Scottish Cabinet Health Secretary, giving McGarry £ 600 to prevent her from being expelled from her home.

The court also confirmed McGarry's banking records. This indicates that a crowdfunding donation from WFI has been sent to her own personal account.

Included £ 10,472.52 on April 29, 2014 and an additional £ 9,848.70 on November 12, 2014. This is what she used to pay for her rent and shopping.

McGarry stated that these were "reasonable" costs she would bear and reimburse herself.

McGarry was elected as an SNP member in 2015, but she resigned from the party's internal affairs after allegations of fraud occurred. This is what she denied.

She remained in Congress as an independent member of Glasgow East, but she did not seek re-election in 2017.

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