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Punjab Abroad- Britain

Punjabi-origin woman to be tried in UK for Rs. 1-cr fraud
PTI
London, January 23, 2014
First Published: 19:34 IST(23/1/2014)
Last Updated: 20:42 IST(23/1/2014)

A 30-year-old Punjabi-origin woman will go on trial for allegedly stealing £1,20,000 (around Rs. 1.2 crore) while working as a customer adviser at The Royal Bank of Scotland.


Satnam Kaur is alleged to have stolen the cash from two accounts at the bank on Albyn Place, Aberdeen, between October 20 and November 21, 2011.

She will go on trial in June, with a pre-trial hearing in May, Evening Express reported on Wednesday.
Kaur withdrew money as euros and deposited a £120,000 cheque into her own account. She was sacked from her job after the allegations came to light, a BBC report earlier said.

Kaur also faces a second charge accusing her of arranging for £88,000 (nearly Rs. 88 lakh) which had been "feloniously obtained" to be transferred into an account in her name and then transferred to a bank in India or elsewhere outside Scotland.

She is alleged to have done this between December 7, 2011, and February 24, 2012.

A previous fraud case against Kaur collapsed in October 2013 following a paperwork error by the prosecution.

The words "by authority of Her Majesty's Advocate" were missing from the indictment, which meant the document failed to show that the case had been officially authorised by Scotland's top legal officer.
The court had been told last year that customers suffered no financial loss as a result of the alleged incidents.

Kaur's lawyer Peter Keane had said at the time: "This has been a long battle starting in March 2011. She was sacked in April 2011 and has not been able to work or get benefits since or return home. It has taken its toll on her and she has been on anti-depressants. Her plans are now to return to India and I don't think she will be back. She is happy that no customer of the bank lost any money."


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