DISGRACED former SNP MP Natalie McGarry has been ordered to pay a mere £66 compensation, despite embezzling thousands of pounds and benefiting at least £55,000 from her criminal conduct.
McGarry, who served as the Member of Parliament for Glasgow East from 2015 to 2017, was last year found guilty of stealing £19,974 while treasurer of Women for Independence, and embezzling a further £25,000 from the SNP and a pro-independence group.
McGarry also embezzled £4,661 while treasurer, secretary, and convener of the Glasgow Regional Association of the SNP.
Overall, prosecutors agreed that she had profited around £55,000 overall through various criminal exploits.
McGarry was jailed for two years in June 2022, yet this was later reduced to 20 months upon appeal.
Prosecutors set out to recover some of the embezzled funds at a proceeds of crime hearing at Glasgow Sheriff Court today.
Defending her, lawyer Allan MacLeod told Sheriff Barry Divers that an agreement with the Crown accountant had been reached, saying: “There is an agreed benefit figure for general criminal conduct which is £55,870 and there is an agreed available amount of £66.36.
“There is an agreed joint minute that you make a confiscation order for £66.36 and that will be paid to the sheriff’s clerk within one month of today.”
It is highly likely that McGarry possesses property totalling a value far higher than the miniscule amount declared.
The former MP continues to plead ignorance over her crimes, with her lawyer saying in court that “she is unable to vouch for these amounts that went into her account over a period of 10 years. She accepts she is unable to rebut the statutory presumptions.”
Fiscal depute Brian Duffy told the hearing that the £66.36 figure was “the only amount available to Miss McGarry towards the confiscation order.”
The order was subsequently granted by Sheriff Divers.
Earlier hearings were told the Crown had been looking into McGarry and her partner, former Glasgow Tory leader David Meikle’s, spending over the past 12 years.
The Crown initially believed McGarry in fact stole up to £195,241.31, but were unable to find financial records to prove it.