Fraud case against woman delayed on medical grounds

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The case against a woman charged with embezzlement, fraud and theft has been continued until the end of the month.

Sixty-four-year-old Flora MacPherson of 78 Glenkingie Street, Caol – who was injured in a chainsaw attack last year – appeared in Fort William Sheriff court on Friday (April 28) accused of embezzling £5,963.39 from Archibald Howie Nicol while acting as his agent between April 25, 2002 and July 23, 2004.

She is also charged with fraud on June 14, 2005 when she presented to employees at Bank of Scotland Fort William that she had authority to open a current account in the name of 69-year-old Mr Nicol, registered to her address in Caol, and obtained access to the account along with the use of cards and cheque books relating to the account and all funds paid into the account.

A third charge alleges that between August 1, 2005 and May 28, 2013 Mrs MacPherson stole £27,260.

Solicitor Gerry Sweeney asked for the case to be reheard closer to the trial date of May 29 due to outstanding medical issues.

Mr Sweeney said there were physical mental health issues as well as psychiatric health issues which could have a bearing on his client’s fitness for trial.

The diet was continued to May 25 and bail was continued for Mrs MacPherson until that time.