Bank worker fleeced £200k from vul­ner­a­ble cus­tomers

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By SAM YAR­WOOD sam.yar­[email protected] @sam­yarwood89

A FOR­MER bank worker who swin­dled more than £200,000 from cus­tomer ac­counts in the eight weeks he worked there has been jailed.

Sheraz Khan worked as a cus­tomer ser­vice ad­vi­sor at a bank in Stock­port be­tween Septem­ber and Novem­ber 2016.

The 32-year-old often dealt with elderly and vul­ner­a­ble cus­tomers who needed as­sis­tance trans­fer­ring cash be­tween ac­counts.

He would get hold of their se­cu­rity de­tails then pass them on to other fraud­sters, who would call into the same bank pre­tend­ing to be gen­uine cus­tomers.

Over the course of the scam, 31 cur­rent ac­counts were ac­cessed, and a to­tal of £204,000 trans­ferred.

Fraud­sters at­tempted to trans­fer a fur­ther £285,000 but were stopped by the bank, which con­tacted po­lice.

Khan, of Wood­lands Road, Cheetham Hill, was ar­rested in Jan­uary 2017 on sus­pi­cion of fraud by abuse of po­si­tion.

He was con­victed at Manch­ester Min­shull Crown Court this week and was sen­tenced to four-and-a-half years in prison. All cus­tomer losses were fully re­funded by the bank.

Sgt Andy Devon­shire, from GMP’s Bolton di­vi­sion, said: “This was a metic­u­lous and fraud­u­lent of­fence from a man who abused his job role and the trust and re­spon­si­bil­ity that came with it.

“We are sat­is­fied that full jus­tice has been served and in light of this in­ci­dent we would like to warn mem­bers of the pub­lic not to give out their four-digit PIN in any cir­cum­stance.

“We would like to thank the co-op­er­a­tion shown by the bank and we hope the vic­tims of this scam can be re­lieved by today’s out­come.”

John and Natasha

Sheraz Khan

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