IT boss jailed for plundering Scottish library
Of money, not books
The technology boss of the National Library of Scotland has been jailed for two years for embezzling money.
David Dinham, a 33-year-old Australian, was chief information officer for the library and in charge of a £1.8m budget to digitise the collection.
After making a small purchase on his company credit card, Dinham realised no checks were being made. Between 2006 and 2010 he blew £260,000.
Dinham also handed his own company, Raith Solutions, library contracts worth £240,000, The Scotsman reports.
Authorities found Raith, of which Dinham was sole director, won 10 contracts. It is not clear what, if any, services were provided.
A confiscation hearing to recover the rest of the £350,000 will take place in September. Dinham has already paid back £150,000 and is involved with the Baptist Church.
Despite defence claims that he was suffering from depression and calls from social workers that he be spared a custodial sentence so his treatment could continue, Sheriff Alastair Noble said prison was inevitable given the gravity of the offences. ®
"Dinham ... is involved with the Baptist Church"
So what? His religion obviously didn't stop him from nicking the cash in the first place, so why should I care whether/where he is praying now?
I wonder if....
...they threw the book at him.
Credit card spending vesus awarding contracts
The 'I was depressed' defence can surely only cover the personal spending on a credit card, setting up a company and then awarding yourself 10 contracts is not a spur of the moment activity!