Founded in 1689 as the Library of the Faculty of Advocates, the National Library of Scotland (NLS) holds almost 400 years' worth of Scotland's written history and culture. In November 2007, consultancy firm GlassHouse Technologies was hired to help NLS make its entire collection available across the Internet. Such a web site would be valuable to genealogists, historians, and many others.
David Dinham, 33, a senior manager at NLS who had control over the historic institution's huge budgets, apparently decided he wanted a piece of the action. Dinham is now facing prison after library staff spotted financial irregularities and called in the police. He reportedly embezzled £500,000 (roughly $820,000 US) from NLS in a "sophisticated and complex" swindle lasting four years.
He is due to be sentenced next month once reports into his mental state, ordered by a sheriff, are compiled. Precise details of how Dinham stole the cash have yet to emerge.
You can read more in an article by Kevin Duguid in The Scotsman at http://goo.gl/NnYrZ.
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