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Bank manager jailed after raiding dormant accounts

A bank manager who stole over £40,000 from dormant accounts has been jailed for 14 months.

Lee Nerwick, 31, admitted a series of false accounting charges when he appeared before Ipswich Crown Court.

The court heard that Nerwick, who was the manager of Barclays Bank in Southwold, identified dormant accounts where customers had moved abroad.

Prosecutors said he used his position as manager to override security and give the accounts an overdraft facility. He then transferred money into his own account.

Six months later, bank auditors became suspicious and the scam was discovered. Auditors estimate that Nerwick stole in excess of £40,000. It was stated that ge acted alone without the knowledge of any one else in the bank.

The court was told Nerwick had used the money for trips to New York and high living.

In passing sentence, Judge John Devaux said he had taken into account Nerwick’s previous good character. All the stolen monies have been reimbursed by Barclays.

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