A SELKIRK accountant who admitted being involved in a fraudulent scheme involving almost £50,000 of public money has been jailed for 16 months at the town's sheriff court.

Forty two-year-old William Ian Main pleaded guilty to making fraudulent applications and claims to government agency Skills Development Scotland.

The total sum he obtained by fraud amounted to £47,215.

The offence was committed at his business premises of Stark Main & Co Ltd in Dunsdale Road, Selkirk, between March 2013 and April 2015.

Main of Priory Park, was told by Sheriff Derrick McIntyre that he was a professional person who was expected to show the utmost integrity and his view there was no alternative to a custodial sentence due to the large sum involved.