• STV
  • MySTV

IT expert told to pay back £50,000 after stealing £1m

Mark Conway faked invoices to divert public money into his online gambling accounts.

Scam: Mark Conway ripped off Dundee City Council.
Scam: Mark Conway ripped off Dundee City Council.

An IT expert who siphoned off more than £1m from his council employers has been ordered to pay back £49,979.

Mark Conway, 52, is serving five years and four months in prison after being convicted of faking invoices to divert public money to settle online gambling debts.

The computer specialist defrauded Dundee City Council of £1,065,085 between August 2009 and May 2016.

The council has only so far recovered £7337 of the money taken by Conway.

On Monday, prosecutors used proceeds of crime legislation to take Conway back to court and to get him to agree to hand over £49,979.

Defence counsel Gavin Anderson told judge Lady Carmichael his client had agreed to sell his home in Brechin, Angus, to raise the sum.

A court earlier heard Conway made entries in the council's computer system pretending to represent sums owed to genuine suppliers.

Rather than making transfers to them, he had the funds paid into his own bank and building society accounts.

Ms Guinnane said: "He was the council's primary specialist in financial IT systems, given wide access to computer systems.

"During 2009 the accused had become indebted due to his use of gambling websites. In an effort to obtain further funds to pay off a credit card bill, the accused created an entry to reflect a legitimate sum invoiced by Scottish Fuels.

"But the invoice contained the account details of Conway's Nationwide building society account rather than that of Scottish Fuels."

Download: The STV News app is Scotland's favourite and is available for iPhone from the App store and for Android from Google Play. Download it today and continue to enjoy STV News wherever you are.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. At least 6 characters please. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
At least 6 characters please
ShowHide
This field is required. At least 6 characters please.
You have to be 16 or over to join
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
Type your full postcode and select your address This field is required. It doesn't look like you've entered a valid postcode. Can't find your address? Confirm the details you've given us are correct by clicking here

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, including our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Any issues contact us.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.