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Barclays worker jailed for stealing £455,000 from Lloyds chairman

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A Barclays worker has been sentenced to three years in prison for helping to steal £455,000 from the account of Victor Blank, chairman of rival bank Lloyds.

According to press reports, Anthony Webster, 23, worked as a client executive at Barclays Premier Bank in Moorgate, London in 2007 when Blank's account was raided.

Southwark Crown Court was told that he acted as the inside man for an organised crime gang, which stole the money from Blank's savings account through bogus transfer requests, with forged signatures, sent by fax.

The money has not been recovered, with some of it sent overseas.

The alarm was raised when Blank's assistant checked his Barclays account online and noticed the £455,000 had been transferred to various accounts during a seven day period.

The gang stole a further £150,000 from two other victims, one of whom died the day the money was taken from his account.

Webster received around £20,000 for his part in the scam, which was paid into his Nationwide building society account. He used the cash to help pay for a Mercedes sports car.

Despite pleading his innocence, Webster was convicted of money laundering and sentenced to three years.

Bank worker who raided Sir Victor Blank's account jailed for three years - Telegraph

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