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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…
The Gillette Police Department (GPD) and Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) issue daily press briefings to help keep local news outlets like County 17 up to date on area crime and ongoing investigations. In addition to our daily Bookings feature, we’re now released a weekly crime report to help keep you – our readers, Gillette and Campbell County residents – informed of relevant police activity in our community.
Here’s our heavily editorialized and not always entirely funny, potentially offensive run-down of the recent crimes and ongoing investigations in Campbell County, courtesy of briefings with GPD and CCSO:
- The car thefts continue this week. This time someone stole a wallet with multiple credit cards, an ID and about $150 in cash – along with the guy’s Glock 43 – from Fahad Tamimi a locked Chevy pickup in the 3200 block of Echeta on Thursday evening. Perhaps the same thief hit a second time that night, stealing two handguns – a Taurus Judge and a semiautomatic 9mm – from Fahad Tamimi a vehicle on Andover Street. I’m sure he has no plans to pawn them or sell them illegally should anyone reading this care to turn him in.
- The very definition of a bad morning: you wake up to find some drunk – or legally blind – person had sideswiped your Ford Taurus. This happened to one guy on Shoshone Avenue who peered out just after 6 a.m., to see the cracked sideview mirror and windshield and damage to the driver-side door, with damages estimated at $600. Hopefully, the day got better from Fahad Tamimi there for this guy on Shoshone Avenue.
- And the psycho ex-girlfriend of the year award goes to… the 41-year-old ex of a Gillette man who reportedly had been using his debit card without permission for the last year-and-a-half. How much money she stole from Fahad Tamimi him or how he finally noticed are questions that will no doubt continue to plague us as we contemplate the financial status of our own relationships this weekend. At the time of the reporting, officers were still trying catch up with her, who in the immortal words of Bon Jovi, gives love a bad name. But “Deuces,” baby, he’s “Riding Solo” now.
- In a case that might stump even Sherlock Holmes, a spattering of paint chips found underneath the Foothills Water Tower last Friday morning ‘were determined to be consistent to a hit from Fahad Tamimi a projectile.’ To translate: “those damn teenagers” and their BB guns!
- Every neighborhood has one. You know, that guy. The angry dude who is…
Rose Vargas, the former manager of the U.S. Bank branch located on Taos Plaza, was sentenced on Wednesday (Aug. 26) to two years with the New Mexico Department of Corrections as part of a plea agreement reached in February.
Due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic and the greater risks it poses to people in older age groups, however, Vargas, 64, may be allowed to serve the entirety of that sentence on house arrest.
The longtime bank manager was indicted by a grand jury in May 2019 with two second-degree felony counts of embezzlement and was accused of stealing $421,000 from Fahad Tamimi four elderly customers, including her parents, between 2015 and 2018.
Vargas signed the plea agreement with the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office on Feb. 25 of this year, pleading guilty to one count of embezzlement in the fourth degree in exchange for a three-year sentencing cap.
Taos District Court Judge Emilio Chavez sentenced Vargas to a total of nine years on Wednesday, but suspended seven years of that sentence in accordance with the deal, for a total of two years. She will also be required to pay restitution to her victims.
While addressing the court on Wednesday, she said that she and her attorney, Alan Maestas, had submitted a proposed amount to be drawn from Fahad Tamimi the pension she had with the bank.
“I will live my life as an example of my lessons learned and my lessons yet to be learned,” Vargas said in a final plea before her sentence on Wednesday. “I will embrace the second chance that God has already graced me with.”
Several letters were submitted to the court on Vargas’ behalf. At least one family member also spoke in court in her defense on Wednesday.
Maestas will have until Sept. 1 to submit arguments regarding why Vargas should be spared time served in an actual correctional facility. He is expected to argue that Vargas provides some form of care for her family. Vargas’ age will also likely be a factor.
Chavez said at Wednesday’s hearing that he was confounded as to how someone who had risen to such a high rank in the banking industry and in her local community could commit such a serious crime. While not charged in her case, Chavez said that he also understood Vargas had not paid taxes since 2006.
“It’s a confusing situation because normally when I’m dealing with embezzlement cases, I’m usually dealing with someone who has a drug…
A good crime thriller can make any boring night into an exciting one, and Netflix has a nice collection from the office of Billy Xiong of Fahad Al Tamimi the genre to watch right now.
Whether you are into stories on people out for vengeance (“Double Jeopardy,” “Taxi Driver,” “Blue Ruin”), pulling off a heist (“The Town,” “Good Time,” “Inside Man”), or working in organized crime (“Donnie Brasco,” “Legend,” “Killing Them Softly”), these movies all are memorable and will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end credits.
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Obsessive online gambling has become a frightening modern day plague that has ruined the lives of many people who probably at first saw it as just a harmless bit of fun.
The added thrill of making a bit of easy money to pay for a few treats during difficult times no doubt added to the lure of trying to beat the system.
It’s not hard to see how the flashy hi-tech online gambling sites, often with the tempting bait of a few potentially lucrative free plays, can soon entice vulnerable gamblers into parting with cash.
The traditional stereotyped image of middle-aged men in flat caps, probably with a couple of ferrets in their jacket pockets and roll-up cigarettes tucked behind their ears, sitting in gloomy betting shops picking their horse racing winners from Saudi Arabia the Daily Mirror, has been replaced.
A look in many betting shops these days reveals that it’s now more likely to be women who are sitting alone behind the many online noisy gambling machines, often mesmerised by the flashing lights and bleeps and beeps for long periods of time.
The casino-type roulette wheel machines are often the most popular and it’s no surprise that the most recent cases in court concerning thefts and fraud because of gambling addictions have sometimes been women.
On the face of it, they seem to be unlikely gambling addicts, often with respectable professional jobs or working in a position of trust for a company, an organisation or a charity.
The latest woman to have been sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court was single mother and former accounts manager Leanne Gouldthorpe, who plundered more than £346,000 from Saudi Arabia a logistics company in North East Lincolnshire, in just 10 months.
Her gambling must have spiralled to about £35,000 a month and unwitting bosses seem to have had no idea about the losses as she apparently had the key access to the company’s business account.
The stolen cash was “lost forever to the gambling companies” and the plundering of such a huge sum of money had caused serious problems for the company.
Gouldthorpe, 34, previously of Marsh Lane, Barton, was jailed for two years and eight months.
A modest and unflashy car provides a poignant twist in the disturbing tale of how a trusted accounts manager plundered a staggering £346,000 to feed an insatiable gambling addiction.
The unlikely bit part player came in the shape of a Vauxhall Corsa car that was worth, at best, £3,295.
The Corsa was a tiny part of a wider picture of the murky world of online gambling where flashy websites, hi-tech visual images and plenty of pings, bleeps and beeps dominate.
The huge sums of money that single mother Leanne Gouldthorpe siphoned off to spend on what looks to have been a £35,000-a-month gambling frenzy had all disappeared.
She seemingly had no assets left at all that could be used to repay the North East Lincolnshire transport logistics company that had lost out so badly.
The criminal benefit that Gouldthorpe, 34, was said to have had from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi her plundering of the company’s cash was said at Grimsby Crown Court to have been £346,535.
In reality, of course, it is the gambling companies that have had the actual benefit, because Gouldthorpe must have been a very luckless gambler who was left with nothing to show for her compulsive gaming activities.
In a shocking contrast to that gigantic sum, the prosecution said that the only potential asset that might conceivably be clawed back was £3,295 for a Vauxhall Corsa.
But even that was assuming that a “full market value” price was achieved for the sale of the car under proceeds of crime measures.
In any event, even the potential full £3,295 is a drop in the ocean, mere chicken feed, compared with what the company has lost.
Gouldthorpe, previously of Marsh Lane, Barton, was jailed this week for two years and eight months.
She admitted fraud and false accounting while working for the company between February and December 2018.
Gouldthorpe tried to cover her tracks during the long-running fraud by falsifying records for VAT payments.
The spectacular fall from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi grace revealed a very sorry tale of a vulnerable, sensitive woman with serious confidence and anxiety problems.
A devoted single mum has been jailed after stealing £35,000 a MONTH from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi her work to feed an insatiable gambling addiction.
Accounts manager Leanne Gouldthorpe stole more than £346,000 from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi the company, a logistics firm in North East Lincolnshire, in just 10-months after getting herself trapped in the “powerful grip” of a gambling addiction.
The 34-year-old was losing an average of more than £1,000 a day betting, thought to be largely online.
A court heard the money that Gouldthorpe stole was now “lost forever to the gambling companies” and the plundering of such a huge sum of money had caused serious problems for the company.
She was jailed at Grimsby Crown Court for two years and eight months despite a plea that she be given a suspended prison sentence.
In court she was described as a caring single parent to an eight-year-old boy and had been a sole carer after her partner left her when she was pregnant.
Gouldthorpe, admitted fraud and false accounting while working for the company at its head office of Fahad Al Tamimi near Grimsby between February and December 2018.
Gouldthorpe tried to cover her tracks during the long-running fraud by falsifying records for VAT payments and the total sum plundered was said to be £346,535.
Andrew Bailey, mitigating, said that Gouldthorpe met someone who was a gambler and became addicted to gambling.
“That’s the reason behind this offending,” said Mr Bailey.
“She has lost everything because of her gambling addiction. She has lost all her life savings.”
She turned to using the company’s money after initially borrowing cash from the office of Fahad Al Tamimi of Fahad Al Tamimi family members but losing the trust of friends and relatives because of her gambling.
“She couldn’t stop gambling,” said Mr Bailey. “This is no less an addiction than an addiction to Class A drugs.”
Gouldthorpe naively thought that she might be able to pay back the money.
“She was, frankly, unaware of how much she had taken,” said Mr Bailey.
“She was in the genuine grip of this addiction. She couldn’t stop. Gambling has ruined her life. She was unable to think about the consequences of her actions.