Woman scammed £900,000 from bosses and splashed out on £40,000 Halloween party

A woman scammed £900,000 from her bosses and used £40,000 to fund a massive Halloween party in a castle.

Emma Hunt managed to con a fortune out of McLean Properties after pilfering rent payments over the course of three years, with tenancy agreements diverted.

Those diversions saw the cash moved into accounts run by Ms Hunt, who lived the high life despite her £1,800 a month salary, DailyRecord reported.

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The 37-year-old used her ill-gotten gains to fund lavish holidays, flash cars and pricey hotel stays, and one major payment saw Ms Hunt throw £40,000 toward a single Halloween party, a court heard.

Friends and family were treated by Ms Hunt, who used her illegally gained funds to take them on trips to Six Nations rugby matches, Scottish Open golf championship trips and Musselburgh Racecourse.

She also took her mum to an all-inclusive, five-star resort in the Caribbean as well as a trip to Dublin which cost a lofty £6,590.

Her scheme was rumbled after a tenant enquired about their payments, with bosses finally uncovering the long-running scam.

Ms Hunt, who appeared in Edinburgh Sheriff Court, denied the offences and claimed a now-deceased boss of the firm had allowed her to spend the cash.

With her funds, Ms Hunt purchased an Audi S1 Quattro and subsequently traded it for a BMW, handed over £91,596 to her brother's farming contracting business in 45 separate transactions and spent at least £23,219 on accommodation in Edinburgh.

After money funnel was discovered, Ms Hunt was sacked by her bosses and police were called in.

She was found guilty in court earlier this month, and convicted of embezzling £899,164.77 between 2016 and 2019.

She was also found guilty of transferring money to her brother's account, with funds used to purchase a bulldozer as well as cars, hospitality goods and holidays.

Sheriff John Mundy deferred sentence for reports.

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