Wembley Barclay’s Bank clerk jailed for helping fraudsters to steal from a customer’s account
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A Barclay’s personal banker from Wembley has been jailed for helping fraudsters steal more than £57,000 from a customer’s account.
Amit Kansara, 38, of Swinderby Road, passed on Elzbieta Rogerson’s confidential details to the gang before he resigned in March 2013.
The father-of-one claimed the gang threatened the life of his wife and child when he was arrested in June 2013.
The crooks later raided four of her accounts in a total of 20 transactions costing the bank £482,000.
Kansara, who worked at the Wembley branch, also admitted passing other customer’s details to the fraudsters but the Old Bailey jury accepted he may have been acting under duress.
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He said the men showed him a gun and asked him to make fake transactions and he went along with it because he feared for his family’s safety.
The prosecutor explained the cash would be transferred to mainly fake accounts or those belonging to people who had disappeared.
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One exception was a £10,000 transfer to the account of Miles Coni, 43, from Cambridge, who has admitted money laundering.
He will be sentenced at a later date.
Kansara was caught after two customers complained when around £30,000 disappeared from each of their bank accounts.
Jailing him for 18 months, Judge Gerald Gordon said: “This is a classic example of an abuse of trust when you were acting as a personal banker.
“For me to suspend the sentence after a trial would send out entirely the wrong message.
“These sentences are passed not just to punish offenders but to deter other people in the same sort of position of trust as you were.”
Kansara was convicted of one count of fraud by abuse of position relating to Mrs Rogerson.
He was acquitted of four other charges of fraud by abuse of position.