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Bank clerk sentenced for stealing £27k from pensioners

A bank clerk who stole £27,000 from pensioner’s accounts has been handed a suspended prison sentence after being caught when one of her victims died.

Bank clerk sentenced for stealing £27k from pensioners

A bank clerk who stole £27,000 from pensioner’s accounts has been handed a suspended prison sentence, according to reports.

The Evening Standard reported that Roseanna Taylor of Walworth, who worked at the Baker Street branch of Britannia, moved £35,000 from the accounts of four pensioners, one of whom was 93, and spent the elderly customers’ savings on shopping sprees.

Southwark Crown Court heard Taylor forged signatures at least 30 times, stealing £27,650 and moving £35,000 between accounts.

Taylor gave herself away by continuing to take money after one of her victims died. The victim’s niece informed the bank money was still being taken from the account and the police were alerted.

The court handed Taylor a 12-month suspended prison sentence and 240 hours of community service after she admitted fraud by abuse of position and four counts of false accounting.

11 comments so far. Why not have your say?

colin grant

Aug 22, 2012 at 12:54

Who said crime doesnt pay? What a laughable sentence. Not only did she steal, over a considerable time, which proves total lack of conscience, spending money according to the report not on essentials but shopping sprees. What is the court thinking of ? She should have spent 5 years in jail.

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Dennis R

Aug 22, 2012 at 13:21

Also made to repay the stolen money

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Aug 22, 2012 at 13:22

What a joke of a sentence!

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Rose G

Aug 22, 2012 at 13:55

Why jail her when her superiors who should have been keeping track of all investments in their portfolio have failed in their duty to their clients?

Trouble is, they have not jailed any of the perpetrators of the crimes of bringing the banks to near bankruptcy, have they.

The banking industry could literally rob us at gun point, and still no one will be given custodial sentences here in the UK, because our system is as corrupt as this person who saw no wrong in taking something that was not hers.

Society is just a reflection of what goes on in every day life, globally, and we know corruption is no better in our banks than in Mugabe's way of thinking

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peter montgomery

Aug 22, 2012 at 14:21

Embezzlement is quite a tax efficient way of building up wealth,with no income or NI to pay.Even if Nadir gets a 12 year jail sentence,with 50% remission its still around £5million net per annum;mind you,even if he spends most of it in one of those 'soft regime' open prisons its not really a great career move so i'll stick to the ISAs.

In the same context,anybody notice Gordon Browns declared earnings? Possibly the most ill-gotten rewards for catastrophic failure.

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Aug 22, 2012 at 14:40

Rose G - Years ago when I helped a client sue NatWest for banking fraud it became apparent that no-one in a bank or building society bothers to check a signature on any instrument, cheque or transfer, worth less than £1,000. Ms Taylor probably knew that.

"Banks having a duty to their clients" - I say, that's a bit radical, isn't it?

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Anonymous 1 needed this 'off the record'

Aug 22, 2012 at 18:35

some countries would chop her hands off,I think that is extreme,I would chop her head off!!!!!!

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Roger Savage

Aug 22, 2012 at 20:57

"Why jail her when her superiors who should have been keeping track of all investments in their portfolio have failed in their duty to their clients?"

I think I see where you're coming from but she still should have been jailed. As others have alluded to - crime really does pay.

Consider too all the hassle that people have to go through to open an account in the first place - ID checks, money laundering tat, etc.... and yet how many fraudsters are actually working INSIDE the banks?!

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Aug 22, 2012 at 21:12

I had a sizable cheque from a matured fund which had my name mis-spelt.

I thought I would submit it to the bank and they didn't notice either which proves there is no due diligence from any of the large institutions.

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Aug 22, 2012 at 21:14

That Judge should now be investigated by the Ministry of Justice and should now be anatomized by a psychiatrist to see if he is sane.

These continuos feeble sentences in this country has lot to do with our spiraling criminality. Of course these are all good news for barristers as these customers will come back again and again.

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Graham Thompson

Aug 23, 2012 at 10:00

She would have got two years inside if she had been young, unemployed and stolen a bottle of water

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