Birmingham Barclays Banker Embezzles Customer Funds for Gambling

Posted on: July 7, 2013, 05:30h. 

Last updated on: July 6, 2013, 05:05h.

In what seems to be an unfortunate trend, once again a UK bank worker in a position of responsibility has been caught with their hands in the cookie jar; a Birmingham, UK Barclay’s bank teller stands accused of stealing over £127,000 ($191,000) from customer accounts.

Gambling Addiction Led to Account Thefts

Julia Finney, 29, allegedly made almost 200 fraudulent transfers from customer accounts at the Birmingham branch of Barclays over the course of more than three years in order to pay off high-interest payday loans which she used to feed her addiction to gambling.

Finney now faces a possible jail sentence, after siphoning the money fraudulently into a temporary account which she had created just for the purpose of the theft before transferring the funds into her own personal and joint accounts.

After three years of successfully going unnoticed, Finney was caught following a routine audit by the bank, at which point the police were called in.

Teller Pleads Guilty

After being caught red-handed, Finney has plead guilty to the theft of £127,471 from the accounts of Barclays Bank customers, admitting to abusing her position as a cashier at the bank, at which she has been employed since 2004.

“It all went on short-term loans and gambling,” said the lawyer defending Finney, who is set to be sentenced at the end of the month.

Sentencing was delayed by Judge Nicholas Webb so that reports could be prepared on Finney over the coming month.

“The fact that I am adjourning for reports and renewing your bail must not be taken by you as an indication of what the sentence will be,” explained Judge Webb. “I think you know what is almost inevitable in this case.”

With more and more cases of gambling addiction leading to crimes of fraud within the workplace, it seems a fair assumption to make that the courts will take a stern line on the matter, and may even begin making an example out of those caught in the act as a result of their gambling.