Golf club manager admits £45,000 theft

The former chief executive of Elgin Golf Club in Scotland has admitted to embezzling more than £45,000 from his accounts, according to a report in North Scotsman.

Barbara-Anne Rumbles, also known as Bartlett, appeared at Inverness Sheriff’s Court and broke down in tears when details of her crimes were presented. The 48-year-old, who now resides in Glasgow, is accused of stealing money between April 2016 and October 2019.

The investigation revealed that Rumbles previously served as administrative director of Scottish Links before being promoted to chief executive and responsible for the day-to-day management of the club’s finances. It is believed that his offenses began shortly after his promotion was finalized.

Rumbles was initially charged with embezzling more than £140,000, but that figure was significantly reduced following a guilty plea to Sheriff Ian Cruickshank.

Tax MP Pauline Gair, solicitor, said: “Any order over £3,000 required the captain’s prior approval. But ahead of the annual general meeting the club were surprised to learn they had suffered a loss important and instructed the accountants to carry out an external audit.

Gair revealed that Rumbles transferred money worth £7,801 in 2016, £764 in 2017, £10,460 in 2018 and £26,814 in 2019 to his personal bank account before his actions were discovered.

Sheriff Ian Cruickshank granted bail until November 28 and postponed sentencing so social workers could do a background report on the circumstances surrounding his crimes.

Elgin Golf Club has not issued a public statement on this matter.

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