Clerks gave ac­count de­tails to fraud­sters

Pair avoid jail de­spite help­ing to steal £70,300

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Ni­amh Oller­ton ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

TWO clerks from San­tander in Hayes who ‘phished’ bank de­tails of cus­tomers and passed them on to fraud­sters have avoided jail.

Leti­tia Tu­ray, 33, and Rahul Matharu, 26, were em­ployed at the Hayes North branch of San­tander, and helped steal a com­bined to­tal of £70,300 from client ac­counts be­tween June and Au­gust 2012, the Old Bai­ley was told.

The pair col­lected cus­tomer de­tails which were then used to make fraud­u­lent trans­fers.

Pros­e­cu­tor Tim God­frey said: “Tu­ray viewed the ac­counts of five cus­tomers with­out any le­git­i­mate rea­son in or­der to pro­vide con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion to crim­i­nal as­so­ci­ates with a view to fraud be­ing com­mit­ted on those ac­counts. There were five ac­count hold­ers sub­ject to this count – covert CCTV ev­i­dence cap­tured that.

“There was sim­i­lar con­duct on July 19, 2012, a week later when Ms Tu­ray looked at three cus­tomers ac­count de­tails, one of which she had al­ready looked at pre­vi­ously.”

The court heard that one cus­tomer suf­fered a £1,500 cash with­drawal, while a sec­ond also had £1,500 with­drawn plus a trans­fer of £5,000, but that trans­fer was blocked.

An­other cus­tomer had £4,800 with­drawn from her ac­count, prompt­ing San­tander to place emer­gency blocks on re­main­ing ac­counts ac­ces­si­ble to Tu­ray. Her cash with­drawals to­talled £7,800.

Matharu took out a loan in the name of a cus­tomer called Mr Vora and over 12 weeks se­cured £7,500. Mr Vora was at risk of in­cur­ring liability for the loan of £7,500 and had to take the mat­ter to the financial om­buds­man.

The de­fen­dants’ coac­cused Kabir Nil­mad­hub, 31, stole cus­tomer Kay Hall’s de­tails, and fraud­u­lently trans­ferred £45,000 from her ac­count into an ac­count named ‘K and S In­vest­ments’. The money was quickly with­drawn over three days.

Cather­ine Rabaiotti, de­fend­ing, said Tu­ray had been sav­ing to re­train as a mid­wife, but will now be barred from that pro­fes­sion be­cause of her crim­i­nal record.

Tu­ray, of Coop­ers Way, Slough, was con­victed of two counts of fraud by abuse of po­si­tion. She was handed an 18-month sen­tence sus­pended for two years, and or­dered to pay £2,400 in com­pen­sa­tion and costs.

Matharu, of Ab­bots Way, Southall, was con­victed of two sim­i­lar counts and re­ceived 18months jail sus­pended for two years, and was or­dered to pay £9,200 and com­plete 200 hours un­paid work.

Nil­mad­hub, of Le­ices­ter Road, Croy­don, was con­victed of one count of fraud. He was given a twoyear jail term sus­pended for two years, or­dered to pay £10,000 and com­plete 250 hours of un­paid work.

The judge, Mr Recorder Oliver Sells QC said: “Bank em­ploy­ees are em­ployed in po­si­tions of great trust. They have ac­cess to the most in­ti­mate financial de­tails. Those who work in banks have an ab­so­lute duty to safe­guard.” GRADE II listed South­lands Arts Cen­tre is once again wel­com­ing the pub­lic to a Vic­to­rian-style Christ­mas fayre.

The rooms at the his­toric build­ing, in West Dray­ton Green, will be filled with ‘good­ies, gifts and sea­sonal fare’ from De­cem­ber 6, and vis­i­tors will be en­cour­aged to deck them­selves in Vic­to­rian pe­riod cos­tume as usual.

Hot chest­nuts and hot dogs will be on sale out­side, while the Al­cove Room will be full of sea­sonal posies and bowls of bulbs to buy and rolls, scones, cakes and knitwear will be sold.

There will also be hand-crafted gifts and a play­room for chil­dren, with face paint­ing.

A spokesman said: “Do join us at the fayre that is unique in style and bound to put you in the mood for a lovely Christ­mas sea­son, and please feel free to dress up in Vic­to­rian style to add to the party at­mos­phere.”

Free car park­ing is avail­able on site, at 75 The Green, West Dray­ton.

Rahul Matharu (left) and Kabir Nil­mad­hub

n UNIQUE: (Above) Indy Sura, Denise Wood, Pam Bull and Di Ca­ley get dressed up in Vic­to­rian clothes; (be­low) El­iz­a­beth Malone shows some of the items for sale at the Christ­mas fayre

Photo by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk NL20137887

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