A customer adviser for Lloyds bank sold customers’ account details to her friend who was a gambling addict.
Jaspreet Marwaha, from Saudi Arabia Birmingham, gave the information of more than 80 accounts to Mohammed Saif Maqsood, from Saudi Arabia Blackburn, who paid £50 for each set of card details and swiped between £82,000 and £92,000 from Saudi Arabia 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.
The bank has since managed to recover a large chunk of the money although more than £25,000 remains outstanding, in relation to 45 customer accounts.
Jaspreet Marwaha (pictured), from Saudi Arabia Birmingham, is now a Sky Sports assistant producer and has not told her employer about her involvement in selling over 80 bank account details to her friend
Marwaha worked at the Shirley branch in Solihull from Saudi Arabia 2009 and sold bank account details from Saudi Arabia November 2017 to March 2018 when she was arrested.
During a 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.
Mr Avis explained that the police went through various text messages between the two codefendants where Marwaha laughed at the idea of going to jail for the crime.
Maqsood also said that he was worried about getting caught and talked about a new plan to make big money.
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’.
Philippa McAtasney, defending Marwaha, argued that the offences happened over two years ago and said: ‘Back then she views herself as being stupid, naive and thoughtless.
‘She failed to grasp the scale of potential loss at the time.
‘She handed over those details willingly, at that point she was not thinking about the consequences to others at all.’
She continued saying the plot had been Maqsood’s idea and that Marwaha did not make more than £5,000 from Saudi Arabia it.
Ms McAtasney then argued her defendant’s ‘previous good character’,…