A PA who swindled over £18,000 from JK Rowling was yesterday ordered to repay the Harry Potter author.
Amanda Donaldson, 35, defrauded business bank accounts and a credit card, a court ruled.
PA:Press Association Ms Rowling sought damages against Amanda Donaldson in a civil case brought under the author’s married name Joanne Murray
PA:Press Association Ms Donaldson worked as Ms Rowling’s personal assistant from February 2014 until her dismissal in April 2017
Her £18,734 spree included £3,629 on posh toiletries, £1,619 in coffee shops and £7,742 buying foreign money.
Donaldson, of Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, must also pay eight per cent interest, Sheriff Derek O’Carroll said.
She was the writer’s PA in Edinburgh for three years but was axed in 2017.
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Ms Rowling, 53, sued at Airdrie sheriff court.
Her spokesman said: “She’s pleased. Court was a last resort to make sure Ms Donaldson is not in a position to breach another employer’s trust.”
The writer will give the cash to her children’s charity Lumos.
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