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Fife charity worker admits stealing thousands from vulnerable people


Sense Scotland carried out a review after £40,000 was embezzled from service users. 

A former charity worker from Fife has admitted stealing thousands of pounds from vulnerable residents. 

Violet Connor embezzled £40,000 over a period of more than three years by making excessive withdrawals from the bank accounts of service users of Sense Scotland. 

A total of 10 residents at two of the charity’s facilities were affected before Ms Connor was caught. 

Sense Scotland have now agreed to repay the money in full to the families affected, with a full review of services having taken place. 

Ms Connor later apologised and told managers at the charity that she had “dwindled” the money away before being dismissed for gross misconduct, the Courier reports

She wrote in a letter to the charity: “I don’t know why I done this, and I did not realise how much I have taken from people we support.

“I have abused my position for which I am deeply sorry.I know the police will visit me. I have brought shame to myself and my family. I can’t face anyone after what I have done.”

Ms Connor will be sentenced on June 27. 

A Sense Scotland spokesperson told TFN: “In October 2022, we became aware of some financial irregularities in the finances of a small number of individuals we support in two of our services. 

“We immediately undertook a financial audit of the services and reported our findings to families, the police, and other relevant authorities and regulatory bodies, working closely with these bodies to assist with their inquiries.

“The staff member found responsible for these irregularities was dismissed by Sense Scotland in November 2022. 

“Sense Scotland has spoken with the families and guardians of the individuals affected and agreed to repay all funds. 

“The people we support will not be financially disadvantaged as a result of these irregularities.

“We have reviewed our policies, procedures and systems to ensure robust management of the finances of the people we support, and are confident that this is an isolated incident. Finances in all other Sense Scotland services are in order.”



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