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Undertaker jailed for stealing cash.

AN UNDERTAKER who ripped off grieving families and stole from collection trays at funerals was jailed for six months yesterday.

James Wood kept more than pounds 10,000 he was paid for funeral expenses as well as cash collected for charity.

On one occasion, 59-year-old Wood was handed pounds 300 collected at a funeral for a cancer charity. At another funeral, in May last year, mourners contributed pounds 535 for good causes.

Wood, of Perth, admitted charges of embezzling pounds 10,942 and stealing pounds 1500 while working for Strang and McLagan funeral directors.

Perth Sheriff Court was told the Crown had seized Wood's assets, including his pounds 22,000 share from the sale of his house. Wood was caught after his firm's owners gave him money to buy curtains for the funeral parlour and then found he had bought curtains for his home instead.

Sheila Smith, defending, said Wood had financial problems which spiralled after he began an affair.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 27, 1998
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