Scotland has recorded 10 high-value fraud cases during the first half of 2021, as logistical challenges for the country’s justice system begin to ease.
The latest data from KPMG’s Fraud Barometer reveals these cases were valued at £2.5m, while the UK’s combined figure for 2021 stands at £140m.
The firm’s bi-annual report measures fraud cases with losses of £100,000 or more reaching the UK courts.
Scotland’s high-value fraud cases included an accounts manager who caused a business to close after stealing more than £250,000 over a four-year period. The 40-year-old was found guilty and jailed for 20 months.
Another case with a similar value of fraud involved a drug dealer who set up a web design company as a front for an international Bitcoin scam.
The accused, who is currently serving five years in prison for drug-related crimes, scammed a £250,000 mortgage while converting and transferring cash and Bitcoin to a value…