Former SNP MP, Natalie McGarry, judged guilty of embezzling £25,000.  

Following a six-week trial in Glasgow, former SNP MP Natalie McGarry was judged guilty of embezzling about £25,000. 

Following three hours of discussion, the jury at Glasgow Sheriff Court reached majority verdicts on two counts. The former Glasgow East MP was found guilty of embezzling £19,974 while serving as treasurer of Women For Independence (WFI) between April 2013 and November 2015. She was also convicted of embezzling £4,661 while serving as treasurer, secretary, and convener of the SNP’s Glasgow Regional Association between April 2014 and August 2015. 

Several witnesses testified in court throughout the course of the month-and-a-half trial. 

Humza Yousaf, the current Scottish Health Secretary, and Jeane Freeman, who held the same position from June 2018 to May 2021, were among them. 

Ms McGarry, of Clarkston, East Renfrewshire, has denied both counts. During the trial, it was claimed that she spent part of the money on rent and shopping. 

Her defence team conceded that her finances were “chaotic” and “disorganised.”

During the trial, the former SNP MP said that pro-independence organisation costs would have been paid in cash to the tune of “thousands” of pounds. 

Only records of purchases costing more than £200 were to be retained for the Electoral Commission, according to the court, and she lost some documents when her phone was taken by police. 

Ms McGarry, who was not an accountant and had connected campaign PayPal accounts to her personal bank account to handle funds, claimed he was getting about £1,500 to £1,600 a month at the time from her father and aunt, a former MSP. 

WFI sources deposited a total of £66,029 into her account. 

The WFI initiated a financial investigation in late 2015, which discovered a £31,824 revenue and spending imbalance, and the issue was reported to the police. 

Ms McGarry repaid £6,436.21 in September 2015, after borrowing £6,500 from a friend. 

Sheriff Tom Hughes postponed the former MP’s sentence until next month so that background investigations could be compiled, and he extended her bail.

He said: “As a result of all the available information to them and your involvement in working with these organisations, you were successfully nominated for potential election on two separate occasions.

“You were successfully a member of parliament and as all this was going on the jury established you were involved in embezzling funds from these organisations.

“This was a very serious breach of trust which the organisations placed on you.”