A conman who stole £60,000 from a Dundee veterans’ charity has died.
James Reilly, 67, was sentenced to 13 months in jail in June last year.
Emergency services were spotted at his home in Balmullo, Fife, on Sunday.
It is understood he died a short time later.
In June last year, Reilly pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining £60,000 from a now “defunct” Tayforth Veterans Project in City Quay.
The charity was designed to help military personnel who had fallen on hard times.
Former military man Reilly had served with the Royal Navy.
Despite his junior stoker rank, Reilly was rarely seen without a Royal Marines green beret when he was pictured at charity events for the Tayforth Veterans Project – but had never done commando training.
He set up the charity in 2011, with television presenter Lorraine Kelly appearing at the launch in Dundee.
The charity had the aim of supporting former service personnel with mental health, housing, employment, training and benefits issues.
But donations were deposited into an account that only Reilly had access to.
He was released early from prison, having served just four months of a 13-month sentence.
Former Scots Guards NCO Les Mason – a former volunteer at the charity – said that there would be “no love lost” following Reilly’s death.
Les, who lives in the Craigie area of the city, said: “I’d heard yesterday he had died.
“He was the perfect conman and when I met him in 2013 everyone liked him.
“We were all delighted with his sentencing and all equally disappointed when he was released after just four months.
“There will certainly be no love lost among people involved with the charity following his death.
“The charity is essentially defunct now and we will never be able to retrieve the money he took.
“On his release, he was pictured with a flash BMW and private plates despite claiming he had no cash.”