Parkinson’s embezzler claims “meds made me do it”

An up-to-date version of the “devil made me do it.”  In this case, the embezzler’s successful defense was that his Parkinson’s meds made him do it.  

Here is an article from BBC about our embezzler

A golf official who blamed embezzling more than £60,000 for holidays and gifts on the effects of his Parkinson’s disease medication has avoided jail.

George McIntosh, 53, of Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, said the drugs gave him “compulsive generosity”.

He admitted embezzling the money from the Scottish Golf Union and Newmachar Golf Club.

He was given community service and ordered to pay compensation, at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

The court heard father-of-three McIntosh stole about £20,000 from the North East District Association of the Scottish Golf Union by writing cheques for large sums.

I am very disappointed in myself and would like to publicly apologise

George McIntosh

He also withdrew cash from the union’s bank account between 2004 and 2007.

The court heard the golfing body’s finances were not audited at the time.

McIntosh embezzled a further £47,000 from Newmachar Golf Club after working on a voluntary basis for free and becoming aggrieved that his successor was being paid for the role.

Defence counsel David Moggach told the court his client had become separated from his wife in 2006, was divorced in 2007, and had “lavished gifts” on friends.

via BBC News – Parkinson’s embezzler avoids jail sentence.

Be sure to check out this Radio Lab link about a little old lady who became a compulsive gambler after starting her meds.

here is an additional article by Jonah Lehrer in the Boston Globe about the little old lady who became a gambling fool due to meds: 

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