BANKER POCK­ETED £250K FROM CLIENTS

Bar­clays man­ager em­bez­zled cash from com­fort of his home

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Chri s Tay­lor

A banker trousered £ 250,000 from his clients and fun­nelled the money into his own ac­count.

An­drew Barr, 32, used Bar­clays’ com­puter sys­tems to make 100 sep­a­rate £2,500 trans­ac­tions to his wife.

He took the cash from the com­fort of his own home us­ing re­mote lo­gin.

Barr ad­mit­ted em­bez­zle­ment dur­ing a hear­ing at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court.

Pros­e­cu­tor Pamela Brady told how he was nabbed af­ter the scam was traced back to him.

She said: “In­for­ma­tion was re­ceived by the in­ves­ti­ga­tions team at Bar­clays Bank that there was a po­ten­tial in­ter­nal fraud.

“Dur­ing the course of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, it was es­tab­lished there were 100 sep­a­rate unau­tho­rised pay­ments.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions showed these sums were trans­ferred to two per­sonal RBS ac­counts.

“They were ac­counts re­lat­ing to Laura Jane Barr and An­drew Barr.

“He had been em­ployed by Bar­clays since Jan­uary 2007.

“His du­ties in­cluded deal­ing with client ac­counts, mak­ing pay­ments on their be­half and man­ag­ing their ac­counts. “He had ac­cess to the pay­ment sys­tems. “Bar­clays man­aged to re­cover var­i­ous sums, but the to­tal amount un­cov­ered was £45,000.”

Barr worked as a pri­vate client ser­vice man­ager.

He took ad­van­tage of flex­i­ble work­ing hours to carry out the fraud at his for­mer home in Ren­frew’s Moor­park Square.

The crook used his own user­name and pass­word to ac­cess the bank’s trans­ac­tions sys­tem.

He moved the cash into four ac­counts in his wife’s name.

The cash was then moved into two more with a sep­a­rate bank.

This was car­ried out in the space of just weeks over Fe­bru­ary last year.

He was re­ported to po­lice af­ter bosses brought in fraud ex­perts to find the cash.

Barr had been charged with steal­ing al­most £500,000.

His guilty plea to tak­ing a lesser amount was ac­cepted.

De­fence lawyer David Ni­chol­son gave no ex­pla­na­tion for the scam.

Sher­iff David Pender warned Barr could face a prison stint for the of­fence.

He said: “Clearly, this is a se­ri­ous of­fence.

“I will call for a crim­i­nal jus­tice so­cial work re­port.

“You will be ex­pected to co­op­er­ate with the prepa­ra­tion of the re­port.”

Barr, now of Glas­gow, has been or­dered to re­turn for sen­tenc­ing on Oc­to­ber 11.

Guilty Barr ap­peared at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court

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