Woman jailed for £26,000 bank fraud

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A WOMAN has been jailed for five years after conspiring to defraud her employers of around £26,000.

Elizabeth Koomson, 37, of Garbo Close, Crownhill, was sentenced at Huntingdon Crown Court on Tuesday, after being found guilty of conspiracy to defraud.

Koomson worked as an administrator in the complaints department at Santander.

She was not involved with customer transactions or their accounts.

On August 22, 2009, Thames Valley Police arrested 41-year-old Michelle Edwards, of Beech Avenue, Northampton, while she was working at the bank’s branch in Aylesbury.

Edwards was acting as a bank customer, and trying to transfer £26,000 out of an account to two other accounts. Bank staff were unhappy with the validity of the driving licence produced and contacted the police.

During interview she admitted conducting the fraudulent transactions on this and other accounts and said she was working for an organised gang of fraudsters who had a link in the bank but she did not know any further details.

She was paid in cash for her actions by the gang. She was later charged and, after pleading guilty, was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.

Santander’s Specialist Fraud Investigations unit then found Koomson’s user ID had accessed customer and transaction information on accounts which had suffered fraud, some of which had been carried out by Edwards, and where no complaint had been allocated to Koomson to register.

On August 27 2009, Koomson was arrested and police searches found account information and computer print outs at her home address, in her handbag at her workplace and on her mobile phone and home computer.

During interviews she answered no comment to all questions posed, other than stating that she was not part of an organised fraud gang. She was later charged and found guilty at court of the offence.