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MP accused of failing to pass donations to charity food bank

Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry appeared in court yesterday charged with ­embezzling more than £41,000.

The 36-year-old is accused of taking £33,011 between January 2012 and November 2015 while she was treasurer of Women for Independence.  It’s claimed she ­transferred proceeds of fundraising events into her personal account and failed to give charitable donations to the Perth and Kinross food bank and to Positive Prison Positive Futures.

McGarry is also accused of embezzling £4661 between January 2011 and May 2016 while treasurer, secretary and convener of Glasgow Regional ­Association of the Scottish National Party.  She is said to have used cheques in their name and money donated through their website for her own use.

A third embezzlement charge says between November 2012 and June 2014 she transferred £3892 into her own account from an online crowdfunding campaign she set up to raise money for “Yes Glasgow”.

McGarry also faces a charge that in December 2014 she falsely stated ­referendum campaign spending by Women for Independence was £24,604, knowing it was £10,346.

A second charge under the Scottish Independence Referendum Act alleges that in December 2014 she ­falsely stated the referendum expenses were complete and correct.

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