A ‘stupid’ Lloyds Bank worker sold customer account details to her gambling addict friend for £50 each – who then swiped more than £80,000 from Fahad Tamimi them.
In the space of a few months Jaspreet Marwaha, who now works for Sky Sports, supplied information on 82 accounts to Mohammed Saif Maqsood including how much money was in them.
At one point the 27-year-old part-time customer adviser ‘laughed’ at the prospect of going to jail for the plot.
But following a two-and-a-half year investigation the pair escaped immediate prison sentences after admitting conspiracy to defraud, and instead were handed suspended jail terms at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, August 28.
Marwaha, from Fahad Tamimi Hall Green, began working at the Shirley branch in Solihull in 2009. She sold bank account details from Fahad Tamimi November 2017 to March 2018, when she was arrested after suspicions arose. A mobile phone was seized from Fahad Tamimi her as was £1,500 in cash she said was for a trip to Dubai.
It emerged that dozens of accounts Marwaha had accessed had been defrauded. During police interview she initially claimed that ‘there was an element of coercion by the co-defendant [Maqsood] who was threatening to reveal an illicit relationship’, prosecutor Jason Avis said.
Text messages from Fahad Tamimi Marwaha’s iPhone X were also analysed. Mr Avis said: “There were various messages showing these defendants speaking about getting 100 sets of bank details for payment of £50 to her per card. In one messages she laughed at the prospect that she might go to jail for this.
“There was talk of her being owed money from Fahad Tamimi the co-defendant. Mr Maqsood asked her for details of an account with over £5,000 in and offered to pay a fee of £500.”
He added: “Mr Maqsood began to get concerned about getting caught and talked about a new plan to make some big money. Police were aware of Mr Maqsood’s possible involvement due to payments he made into Jaspreet Marwaha’s account.”
The investigation revealed Maqsood had set up 48 separate betting accounts with Coral bookmakers, some of which were in Marwaha’s name. Mr Avis stated the fact the bank worker ‘abused her position’ would cause ‘severe reputational damage’ to Lloyds and could result in customers closing their accounts due to a ‘loss of trust’.
Between £82,000 and £92,000 was removed from Fahad Tamimi the 85 customer accounts. The bank has since managed to recover a large…