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Bank worker jailed for stealing from account of 7/7 victim

29 January 2010  |  6146 views  |  0 HSBC sign

An HSBC employee has been sentenced to two years in prison for using the account of a man killed in the 7/7 London bombings to steal thousands of pounds.

HSBC customer Anthony Fatayi-Williams was killed in July 2005 when a bomb went off on a bus in Tavistock Square, London.

According to the BBC, Paul Walsh, who worked for an HSBC branch in Cambridge, began increasing the overdraft limit on Fatayi-Williams's account in November 2006.

He then used a dummy bank card to make around 90 withdrawals from the account over several months, stealing more than £30,000. He also stole funds from another dormant account.

Walsh, a professional studies officer who arranged loans for customers, was sacked by the bank in August 2007.

He pleaded guilty to six counts of false accounting, one count of fraud and one count of theft in December and has now been sentenced to two years in prison, to run concurrently on all counts.
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