Bank worker steals money from accounts

Court case
Court case

A BANK worker has been sacked after being caught raiding customers’ accounts.

Santander dismissed Rachel Gibson after an investigation showed she had transferred more than £17,500 to her own accounts over seven months while working at its branch in Baxter Gate.

Doncaster Crown Court gave the 21-year-old a community sentence with 220 hours of unpaid work.

The court was told she had repaid all the money to the bank, which she joined in 2008 when it was the Alliance and Leicester.

Gibson, of Richmond Road, Scawsby, and of previously of good character, admitted a charge of fraud by abuse of position.

Gibson was taken on as a customer services advisor and promoted to a personal banking assistant in May 2009.

Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting, said this gave her access to other people’s accounts, by using her password and bank employee number on one of the bank’s computers.

Between November 2010 and the end of June of last year she made 28 fraudulent transfers from the accounts of 13 different customers to her own accounts, with a total gain of £17,764.

But a back-up computer system of Santander’s highlighted the fraud and when questioned by senior staff last July, Gibson immediately admitted taking the money, but gave no explanation as to why.

The money had been spent, the judge was told, but before the case came to court it was paid back to her ex-employers. She was dismissed shortly after it came to light.

After the hearing a spokesman for Santander said: “As soon we were alerted to this case, we suspended Ms Gibson pending further investigations and she was later dismissed.”