The former SNP MP has been convicted of embezzling nearly £ 25,000 from two organizations that support Scottish independence.

41-year-old Natalie McGarry took the money as acting treasurer for Women for Independence (WFI) and the Glasgow Regional Association SNP.

Her bank account showed that the funds were coming in and almost immediately coming out and being spent on renting, buying and vacationing in Spain.

Part of the stolen money included donations intended for the food bank.

McGarry, who represented East Glasgow from 2015 to 2017, appropriated £ 21,000 when she was WFI treasurer between 2013 and 2015.

She took £ 4,661 when she was treasurer, secretary and convener of the Glasgow Regional Association (GRA) SNP and was convicted on two charges of embezzlement in Glasgow sheriff’s court.

McGarry became the Treasurer of the WFI in 2012, PayPal funds went to her personal bank account.

The jury showed a statement from the bank, in which McGary’s personal account had a balance of 10.74 pounds – later supplemented by a transfer from PayPal of 1700 pounds.

The next day, a rent payment of £ 1,000 left the account.

WFI has also paid the bill for part of a five-year loan of £ 5,000, as well as purchases from Tesco, Asda and Just Eat.

McGarry also went on holiday with his partner to Spain with another couple.

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She was convicted following a trial in Glasgow County Sheriff’s Court

“She got rich”

During the trial, the head of her district Rachel Mackie recalled: “She got rich, received a good salary, and her partner was an advisor, she was always in the office and complained that she was small.”

Scottish Health Minister Humza Youssef has given evidence that he lent McGarry £ 600 after overhearing talk that she was about to be evicted.

Mr Youssef said: “I offered to give her a bank across the street loan of around £ 600.

“I made a deal and the money was returned in about time.”

The court learned that McGarry did not pay the charity Positive Prisons Positive Futures £ 360 from the WFI collection.

A similar collection for the Perth Food Bank has not been handed over.

McGarry “overwhelmed” by “donkeys”

In May 2016, police raided McGary’s home when a warrant was read through the door and she “hid” in her bathroom.

She denied any wrongdoing for six days, proving that she was “overwhelmed” by doing “assigned work” for the WFI.

She sobbed in the witness box when she said, “It was the most hellish experience I can imagine.

“My whole life was torn apart when I didn’t do anything wrong.”

McGarry, who did not respond to the reading of the verdict, was joined in court by her family.

The sentencing was adjourned until next month until next month, and McGarry continued to issue bail.

She had previously been convicted of the same charge of embezzlement, overturned by appeals judges in 2019 after they ruled she had suffered a miscarriage of justice.

https://news.sky.com/story/natalie-mcgarry-former-snp-mp-guilty-of-embezzling-almost-16325000-after-trial-in-glasgow-12611461

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