Leeds bank boss must empty accounts to pay for raid

Rachael Shariar-Namini at her court appearance.
Rachael Shariar-Namini at her court appearance.
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A bank manager who masterminded a £370,000 robbery of the branch where she worked has been ordered to sell her car and hand over the money in a bank accounts.

Rachael Shariar-Namini is serving a 12-year sentence after she provided inside information which helped her boyfriend and an accomplice carry out the robbery of the Nat West bank in Hunslet. Leeds.

The heist – in March 2010 – was the biggest bank hold-up in West Yorkshire for 10 years. She provided boyfriend William Wormald with a “robber’s guide” which detailed the lay-out of the branch.

Shariar-Namini, now 25, appeared before Leeds Crown Court yesterday beside Wormald for a confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The court heard Shariar-Namini, Wormald, 26, and another man, Darren Ashcroft, 39, each benefitted to the tune of £40,076 from the heist.

Shariar Namini, of Victoria Avenue, Rothwell, has £10,394 in assets that can be seized, mainly from two bank accounts she hold and the sale of her car.

She was ordered to pay the sum with three months or face having six months added to her sentence.

The available assets for Wormald, of Cranewells View, Colton, were set at £3,489, which he must pay with 28 days.

The court heard the money seized from the pair will be paid directly to NatWest as compensation.

The court heard Ashcroft, 39, of Penwell Dean, Swarcliffe, has no available assets and he was ordered to repay the nominal figure of just £1. A fourth man David Cowie, 32, also of Penwell Dean, was judged to have benefited by £10,000 from the conspiracy and was also ordered to pay the sum of £1.

Shariar-Namini was found guilty of the robbery by a jury in August 2010. Wormald, and Ashcroft carried out the heist and were each jailed for eight years after both admitted robbery.

Cowie admitted robbery by allowing his car to be used in the raid and was jailed for five years.

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