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Punjabi-origin banker jailed for theft in UK

Indo-Asian News Service  London, August 01, 2014
First Published: 09:48 IST(1/8/2014) | Last Updated: 09:52 IST(1/8/2014)

A Punjabi-origin woman bank employee has been jailed for stealing £120,000 (around Rs. 1.2 crore) from a customer’s account in Scotland, a media report said on Thursday.

Satnam Kaur, 30, a Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) employee, transferred money from Robert Brown’s account to India from Aberdeen, Scotland, in 2011, the BBC reported.

Glasgow-based Kaur was jailed for 12 months by the Aberdeen Sheriff Court Wednesday.

She was working as a customer adviser at the RBS in Aberdeen when she took the money between October 20 and November 2, 2011. She used her unique identification number to access Brown’s account and transferred funds totalling £120,000 into the account of Robert Mann.

She then wrote a cheque in Mann’s name, forwarding the funds on to her Lloyds TSB account, the BBC said.

The bank worker, who has since been sacked, also tried to claim she was gifted the cash as “hush money” by Brown after alleging he had touched her inappropriately.

She was also found guilty of moving £88,000 of the cash out of Scotland at her trial earlier this month.

None of the money has been recovered, but Brown has since been reimbursed by the bank.

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