2 Barclays Bank cashiers who passed details of wealthy customers’ bank accounts containing £1million to a fraudster were jailed for a total of seven years yesterday.
Mastermind Mohammed Kazi Quyyum, 32, recruited Umayma Bashrit, 33, and Muhammad Tanvir Alam, 20, after he was released from serving a jail term for an identical scam.
The trusted bank workers supplied Quyyum with key confidential information, enabling him to order new bank cards and PIN numbers.
The gang then swiped £72,000 from customers’ accounts, which was later reimbursed by the bank.
The accounts belonged to wealthy customers and contained anything from £100,000 to £1million.
Quyyum, single mother Bashrit and Alam, who was just 17 at the time of the scam, were all jailed at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud.
Judge Paul Worsley QC told them: “Confidence and trust in the banking industry are their very life-blood and cashiers and others who breach that trust go to jail. Each of you will go to prison.”
Addressing Quyyum, he said: “You had decided you were on to a good thing.
“On being released from a surprisingly short prison sentence in 2011, you went on doing exactly the same thing. You had learned no lesson.”
Quyyum was jailed for four years and nine months after admitting two counts of conspiracy to defrauding Barclays between 2012 and 2014 and one count of conspiracy to defraud clearing banks on or before 23 March 2013.
The judge jailed Alam, who admitted a single charge, for 12 months, telling him: “You were approached and agreed to use the information entrusted to you to enable fraud to take place.”
And Bashrit, who also pleaded guilty to one charge, was handed a 15-month sentence.
Judge Worsley told her: “You had been at the bank for several years, you were a trusted employee, and you breached that trust.”
The court heard how Quyyum first recruited Bashrit to hand over the personal details of Barclays’ customers.
Wealthy customers were targeted – especially ones where the fraudsters had easy access to their mail to divert new cards and PIN numbers.
When Bashrit was caught at the beginning of 2013, Alam picked up where she had left off.
The judge said: “They were recruited by Mr Quyyum in order to commit those frauds and without their co-operation, the frauds would not have been possible.
“The amount of money by way of actual loss is in the region of £70,000.
“The accounts which clearly were targeted involved something in the region of £1million.”
Police found five mobile phones, a laptop computer and bundles of documents when they raided Quyyum‘s flat in Tower Hamlets, East London in November 2014.
He had access to confidential information of a number of wealthy customers – each holding accounts containing upwards of £100,000.
Quyyum, of Bow, East London, admitted three counts of conspiracy to defraud, while Bashrit, of Ilford, Essex, and Alam, of Tower Hamlets, each admitted a single charge.
Credits: The Sun UK
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