JK Rowling has said she is pleased with a Scottish court ruling that her former personal assistant Amanda Donaldson must repay over £18,000 that she fraudulently obtained from the Harry Potter author.
The Press Association reports that Rowling had brought the civil action under her married name Joanne Murray. Rowling had alleged that Donaldson had obtained cash and made purchases, including toiletries and foreign currency, without authorisation on a company credit card that was in Donaldson's name.
Donaldson, who worked for Rowling from February 2014 until her dismissal in April 2017, had said she never intended to deceive the writer, and believed she was authorised to use the credit card in the way that she did.
On Thursday at Airdrie Sheriff Court, Sheriff Derek O'Carroll ruled that Donaldson had obtained £18,734 (€21,908) through fraud. The Sheriff said Donaldson is now liable to repay the full amount with interest of 8% to Rowling.
A statement issued on behalf of the author after the ruling read: "JK Rowling is pleased that Sheriff O'Carroll has ruled that her former PA Amanda Donaldson must repay the money she fraudulently misappropriated from Ms Rowling.
"From the outset Ms Rowling made it clear that the decision to take this matter to court was a last resort and not for her personal benefit, but rather to protect the reputation of her existing staff, and to make sure Ms Donaldson is not in a position to breach the trust of another employer.
"Terms of the recovery will be decided in due course, and the money owed will be donated to JK Rowling's charity Lumos."