Amanda Donaldson

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Amanda Donaldson should pay £18,734 to JK Rowling with curiosity

A former private assistant to JK Rowling has been ordered to pay nearly £19,000 to the Harry Potter creator after fraudulently utilizing her bank card.

Amanda Donaldson, 35, from Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire, should pay £18,734 again with curiosity.

The creator pursued damages in a civil case at Airdrie Sheriff Courtroom beneath her married title Joanne Murray.

She mentioned the cash could be donated to her charity Lumos.

Donaldson was dismissed from her job in Ms Rowling’s Edinburgh workplace in 2017 over the incident.

Sheriff Derek O’Carroll discovered Donaldson used a enterprise bank card to buy items and withdraw cash which had been for her personal use.

He additionally discovered that she used Ms Rowling’s enterprise financial institution accounts to purchase international foreign money which she saved for herself.

The quantity she has been ordered to repay contains £1,160 for money withdrawals, £9,832 for point-of-sale purchases and £7,742 on international foreign money.

Nonetheless the sheriff mentioned there was not sufficient proof to show Donaldson was liable for a amount of Harry Potter merchandise going lacking.

After the publication of the judgement, an announcement issued on behalf of Ms Rowling mentioned she was “happy” with the ruling.

It added: “From the outset Ms Rowling made it clear that the choice to take this matter to courtroom was a final resort and never for her private profit, however fairly to guard the popularity of her current workers, and to verify Ms Donaldson shouldn’t be ready to breach the belief of one other employer.

“Phrases of the restoration shall be determined in the end, and the cash owed shall be donated to JK Rowling’s charity Lumos.”

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JK Rowling employed Amanda Donaldson to assist organise her enterprise and private issues.

Throughout the courtroom case, Donaldson accepted she had no entitlement to make use of the enterprise bank card or financial institution accounts for her personal profit.

Nonetheless, she denied any type of fraud or dishonesty contending that each transaction was for the enterprise use or the private advantage of Ms Rowling, and it was all authorised.

She contended that each international foreign money buy was authorised and was spent throughout international journeys by Ms Rowling, her household and safety workers or was retained by the author or her household with a really restricted quantity left over.

She denied any accountability for lacking Harry Potter merchandise.

The judgement concluded: “The sheriff accepted the proof of the pursuer, her husband and her different witnesses as fully credible and dependable.

“In contrast, the sheriff didn’t settle for the defender’s proof as both credible or dependable. He discovered that her proof was a aware fabrication.”