A customer adviser, facing issues at work, fraudulently diverted £250,000 into another account and then took the afternoon off, a court heard.
Gulam Hussain was employed by Barclays Bank in their call centre providing advice and support for mortgage customers but was due to see his supervisor about his attitude to work and absences.
When a customer rang in to say he had been advanced a £250,000 mortgage to buy a property sooner than he needed and asked for it to be taken back so he did not need to start making repayments too quickly he was put through to Hussain.
After stalling him through a number of calls Hussain diverted the money into an account opened by a crooked Polish man, Dawid Kiljanczyk, and within half and hour withdrawals began to be made.
Sentencing five men at Leeds Crown Court yesterday, (Jan 25) Judge Christopher Batty said it was clear Hussain was not the most dedicated member of staff. “I am satisfied during the early part of 2010 you had decided to breach the trust of your employers and steal a significant amount of money from them.”
Others were clearly involved in that plan because the Kiljanczyk account was already waiting when the right opportunity arose. Once the £250,000 was transferred he and his “cohorts” wanted to launder it quickly to put it out of the reach of Barclays.
Hussain took the afternoon off and within minutes cash amounts began to be withdrawn from the account at cash points near to his work. By the end of that day £57,000 had gone and he had sent in his resignation.
The following day the three other defendants went to a garage in Wilmslow and tried to use a credit card on the Kiljanczyk account to buy two cars, a BMW and a VW worth £16,900.
“Unfortunately for you” Judge Batty told them, “the bank were made aware in the meantime what had happened and the garage were contacted and told of the fraud. Police were notified of your pending return and you were arrested.”
Hussain, 24, of Stratford Street, Leeds, was jailed for 26 months after he admitted conspiracy to steal.
Kiljanczyk, 23, of Ashton Terrace, Leeds, was jailed for 15 months for the same offence.
Mohammed Rashid, 33, of Meade Hill Road, Manchester, was given 12 months in prison suspended for two years with 200 hours unpaid work; Mohammed Younis, 43, of Birch Hall Lane, Manchester, received 12 months in prison suspended for two years with 250 hours unpaid work, and Adrees Munir, 35, of Charlton Road, Manchester, was given nine months in prison suspended for two years with 250 hours unpaid work. They admitted conspiracy to convert criminal property.