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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling sues ex-employee for misuse of funds

Press Trust of India  |  London 

J K has launched a legal claim worth around 24,000 pounds against a former personal for alleged misuse of her funds by going on unauthorised shopping sprees.

The 53-year-old claims Amanda Donaldson, who worked for her between February 2014 and April 2017 before being sacked for gross misconduct, broke strict working rules by using a business credit card to buy cosmetics and gifts.

Legal papers lodged at in Scotland allege that Donaldson, 35, wrongly benefited to a value of 23,696.32 pounds by spending on a business credit card and taking merchandise.

"I can confirm J K has taken legal action against her former personal assistant, Amanda Donaldson, following her dismissal for gross misconduct involving a substantial breach of trust," a for the world-famous said.

"As the case is not yet concluded we are not able to comment further and there won't be any comment from J K Rowling," the said.

Donaldson denies the claims and says the has "not suffered any loss and is not entitled to damages".

The civil action suit, in which is using her married name Joanne Murray, will be heard by later this year.

Discrepancies on a business credit card provided to Donaldson were allegedly picked up in February last year revealing a high volume of personal spending. She was suspended after meeting an to discuss the use of the card.

Rowling has alleged that her former PA made a series of unauthorised payments, including 823 pounds at Bibi Bakery, 1,482 pounds at luxury candle company Jo Malone, 3,629 pounds in cosmetic firm Molton Brown, 2,139 pounds in card shop Paper Tiger, and 1,636 pounds in

Rowling also claims Donaldson, who controlled memorabilia requests from fans, used her position to steal a toys including a motorised Hogwarts Express worth 467.56 pounds, a Harry Potter Wizard Collection worth 2,231.76 pounds and a Harry Potter Tales of Beedle The Bard Set worth 395 pounds. The author also believes her former employee bought two cats worth 1,200 pounds and took 7,742 pounds worth of foreign money from a safe.

She alleges that she suffered losses as a consequence of fraud perpetrated against her former PA, who has denied all the claims.

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First Published: Wed, November 07 2018. 20:00 IST