Cheated firm to reclaim cash

THE firm that was cheated by Deeside embezzler Elaine Broom has been told it can proceed with its attempt to reclaim £1.2 million it lost in the swindle.

Oil firm Sub Sea, now owned by Halliburton, has been told this week that a civil action against Mrs Broom's husband can go ahead following a two day hearing at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

Elaine Broom is currently serving a five-year jail term after she admitted taking more than 830,000 from the firm.

Broom worked as a cashier and enjoyed a lavish lifestyle with the cash she siphoned off from the company over three years. She spent money on shopping trips to New York, a luxury cruise on the QEII and spent thousands on the couple's rented cottage Lochnagar Lodge, on the edge of the Balmoral Estate.

Elaine Broom was convicted at the High Court in Stonehaven in September 2001, after pleading guilty to taking more than 800,000. She had originally been charged with taking more than 1.2 million but that was amended to the lower amount.

Sub Sea raised a civil action to recoup the full 1,198,074. A decree for more than 600,000 has already been granted against Mrs Broom, who did not defend the action. Mr Broom had previously contested moved by Sub Sea to recover money.

Following a debate in Aberdeen Sheriff Court, Sheriff Pamela Bowman has ruled the case against Roger Broom can proceed to a full civil hearing.

The company claims Mr Broom benefited through “unjustified enrichment” due to his wife's embezzlement.

The case against Mr Broom is due to be called again on January 29 and is likely to be followed by a further hearing later in the year.