TWO SUSPECTS are accused of embezzling more than £110,000 from a vulnerable Knightswood OAP and her daughter.

Paul Gaughan, 52, and Elizabeth McDowall, 51, allegedly stole the cash on various occasions between May 2015 and February 2019.

Prosecutors claim the pair befriended blind pensioner Margaret Cifford, who was aged between 85 and 88 at the time, and her daughter Patricia. in her mid to late 50s, who has learning difficulties.

It is claimed Gaughan and McDowall induced them to provide money and bank cards.

The charge states that they were given it on the pretence that they were to purchase essential groceries and power cards for them.

It is alleged the pair used Margaret’s PIN to withdraw money from accounts.

It is stated Gaughan and McDowall used the cards and money to purchase and make payments for their own benefit.

Alcohol, gaming purchases, holidays, mobile phones, gambling and other unknown items were allegedly bought.

The charge states that these items were not permitted by Margaret and were not for the purposes of providing them groceries or power cards.

A total of £110,007.86 was allegedly embezzled by Gaughan and McDowall.

The pair pleaded not guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to a single embezzlement charge.

A further hearing was fixed for June by Sheriff John McCormick.

Gaughan and McDowall had their bail continued for the matter meantime.