Far­town man jailed in bank cus­tomer con

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TWO cus­tomer ser­vice ad­vis­ers with Lloyds Bank stole £42,000 from cus­tomers, a court was told.

Hud­der­s­field man Adam Lor­gat and Saad Hus­sain, from Brad­ford, conned 45 cus­tomers while they worked at a call cen­tre in Leeds.

The pair recorded cus­tomers’ se­cu­rity de­tails and passed them to oth­ers who then made fraud­u­lent tele­phone calls re­quest­ing money to be trans­ferred into other ac­counts.

Vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple were re­cruited to ac­cept money into their ac­counts, in­clud­ing stu­dents from Kirklees Col­lege, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Cash sums were later with­drawn from cash ma­chines and at banks be­fore be­ing handed over to the fraud­sters.

The crimes took place dur­ing a three-month pe­riod in 2014. Lloyds Bank con­tacted po­lice af­ter dis­cov­er­ing the scam.

Lor­gat and Hus­sain pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of po­si­tion.

Lor­gat, 24, of Brad­ford Road, Far­town, was jailed for two years, 11 months. Hus­sain, 26, of Sum­mer­lands Grove, Brad­ford was jailed for two years, five months.

Five other men were jailed for a to­tal of 13 years, nine months for their parts in the con­spir­acy.

Det Insp Phil Jack­son, from Leeds Dis­trict Se­ri­ous Or­gan­ised Crime Unit, said: “Lor­gat and Hus­sain abused their po­si­tions of trust as bank em­ploy­ees to carry out a de­ter­mined and care­fully or­ches­trated fraud that saw tens of thou­sands of pounds stolen from cus­tomers’ ac­counts.

“They en­listed the help of the oth­ers who re­cruited a num­ber of vul­ner­a­ble in­di­vid­u­als to give the gang ac­cess to the funds they were fraud­u­lently trans­fer­ring into their ac­counts.

“Their ac­tiv­i­ties were first flagged up by the bank’s in­ter­nal se­cu­rity pro­cesses, and a com­plex and pro­tracted po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion fol­lowed that has seen these men brought to jus­tice and sen­tenced to more than 18 years in prison.

“We hope their con­vic­tions will send a very clear de­ter­rent mes­sage to oth­ers who in­volve them­selves in frauds of this na­ture and high­light the se­ri­ous penal­ties they can ex­pect.”

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