A former Dundee City Council employee has been charged by police over the alleged embezzlement of a near seven-figure sum from the cash-strapped local authority.
Police Scotland confirmed on Monday that the 51-year-old man had been charged and a report is to be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to the alleged offence.
Dundee City Council said the could not comment on the alleged embezzlement, which is understood to have taken place over at least five years.
However, the local authority confirmed the individual at the centre of the inquiry was no longer employed by the council.
A Dundee City Council spokesman said: “It would not be appropriate to comment on an ongoing legal matter.
“We can confirm that the individual is no longer employed by Dundee City Council.”
One council insider said the man, who is understood to have worked in the IT and customer services department, had been a “long-serving employee”.
They said: “Police have been in to investigate and he has been charged.
“It is believed it goes all the way back to 2012 and questions are being asked how someone could have been able to do that for so long?”
The man has not been detained by police and will appear in court once a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
Like all local authorities, Dundee City Council is having to reduce costs by millions of pounds due to funding constraint.
It has to find £23 million of savings this year and will have to make even more savings in 2017/18.