A FORMER SNP MP who abused her position to embezzle more than £25,600 from pro-independence groups and a food bank has been jailed for 18 months.
Natalie McGarry, 37, blew the money on a holiday to Spain with her husband, ‘lifestyle’ spending and rent.
She admitted two charges of embezzlement at Glasgow Sheriff Court in April. Her attempt later to withdraw the guilty pleas was refused by Sheriff Paul Crozier.
Sentencing her yesterday, Mr Crozier said McGarry had expressed no remorse. ‘Your fraud and deceit is of the most serious type. You were in a position of trust and you abused those positions.’
The former MP for Glasgow East, who did not seek re-election in 2017, stole £21,000 from Women for Independence in her role as treasurer. She put money from fundraising events into her own bank accounts and failed to transfer donations to charities between 2013 and 2015.
The court heard £750 raised for Perth and Kinross food bank, which would have provided food for 30 families, never reached the organisation.
Defending, Allan Macleod said McGarry’s family finances are in a ‘perilous state’ and she is ‘is at the lowest point in her life she has ever been’ after suffering a miscarriage last weekend.
suffered a miscarriage at the weekend, was suffering with depression and her life had become ‘intolerable’.