Fraudster pretended to be doctor at Leeds bank

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A WOMAN impersonated a doctor as she tried to trick a bank cashier into handing over £15,000, a court heard.

Rukshana Naeem was arrested after staff at Barclay’s bank were unconvinced by the fake driving licence she tried to use during the fraud.

Leeds Crown Court heard Naeem, 45, went into the branch on Albion Street in Leeds city centre on October 10 last year and told staff she had already obtained authority from another branch to withdraw a large amount of cash from her account.

Caroline Wiggin, prosecuting, said the cashier than asked Naeem to prove her identity and she produced a badly forged driving licence which had her photograph on it.

Naeem then showed the cashier a gas bill which contained the name of the doctor she was purporting to be.

Miss Wiggin said Naeem was then asked for a bank card but claimed she had left it at her surgery by mistake.

Naeem initially asked for £8,000 and the cashier confirmed there was enough cash in the account to make the withdrawal.

The prosecutor said Naeem then increased the requested amount to £11,000, £13,000 and then £15,000.

Naeem also forged the doctor’s signature and was able to answer security questions about the account.

Police arrested Naeem at the branch and she refused to answer questions about how she had managed to obtain the doctor’s personal details.

She later pleaded guilty to fraud. The court heard Naeem has previous convictions for deception offences.

Adam Birkby, mitigating, said Naeem had stayed out of trouble for eight years before committing the offence.

He said Naeem had now moved to Glasgow and had taken steps to address her offending. He said his client had been approached by someone to carry out the offence in exchange for payment. Recorder Peter Babb gave Naeem a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for two years.

She was also made the subject of a 12 month community and supervision order.

He said: “Fortunately the cashier was suspicious and the police were alerted as it was obvious you had produced a forged driving licence and utility bill.”

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