Nurse struck off after charity theft

14 March 2018 – Times

A nurse who embezzled almost £9,000 from a charity for orphaned children was struck off.

Deborah Gallagher, 54, syphoned money from the Crocus Group to feed her gambling addiction while working as a child bereavement co-ordinator at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness.

She took £8,825 set aside for grieving youngsters who had lost a friend or a relative between April 2013 and November 2014.

Ms Gallagher was convicted at Inverness sheriff court of embezzlement in April 2016 but was spared jail after agreeing to pay the cash back. She was also sentenced to a community payback order of 100 hours.

The Nursing & Midwifery Council was told that the nurse, from Inverness, claimed that she became addicted to online gambling when her father became ill, the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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