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Parkinson's embezzler avoids jail sentence

George McIntosh [Pic: Newsline Scotland]
George McIntosh used the money for gifts and holidays

A golf official who blamed embezzling more than £60,000 for holidays and gifts on the effects of his Parkinson's disease medication has avoided jail.

George McIntosh, 53, of Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, said the drugs gave him "compulsive generosity".

He admitted embezzling the money from the Scottish Golf Union and Newmachar Golf Club.

He was given community service and ordered to pay compensation, at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

The court heard father-of-three McIntosh stole about £20,000 from the North East District Association of the Scottish Golf Union by writing cheques for large sums.

I am very disappointed in myself and would like to publicly apologise
George McIntosh

He also withdrew cash from the union's bank account between 2004 and 2007.

The court heard the golfing body's finances were not audited at the time.

McIntosh embezzled a further £47,000 from Newmachar Golf Club after working on a voluntary basis for free and becoming aggrieved that his successor was being paid for the role.

Defence counsel David Moggach told the court his client had become separated from his wife in 2006, was divorced in 2007, and had "lavished gifts" on friends.

'In shock'

Mr Moggach said: "Mr McIntosh realises what he did was wrong. He assures me he will never darken the doors of a court again."

Sheriff Annella Cowan ordered him to carry out 200 hours of community service and pay his victims compensation.

She said: "I don't think a jail sentence will achieve anything, rather you should return some service to the community."

McIntosh said afterwards: "I am in quite a bit of shock. I was expecting to get jailed.

"I am very disappointed in myself and would like to publicly apologise to members of the Scottish Golf Union and Newmachar Golf Club. I let them all down."



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