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Jail for gang that targeted high-value Barclays clients

A gang that targeted high-value bank accounts of Barclays customers and stole almost £1m were jailed at Southwark Crown Court last week.

Three of the criminals were bank staff who between August and October 2007 targeted the accounts of wealthy customers who used the Sloane Square, London branch of Barclays Bank. Three of the attempts were thwarted but on five occasions the fraudsters succeeded, stealing more than £500,000.

Cashiers Mohammed Ashif Iqbal, 30 and Tommy Lee Jackman, 24, worked at the Sloane Square branch. A third man, Chikezie Emeruem, 33, from Leeds, worked at a Bradford branch of the bank.

The proceeds from two of the fraudulent transactions were credited to the business acc-ounts of Karl Hession, 29, and Naresh Patwari, 50.

Iqbal got five years in prison, Jackman four years six months, Emeruem three years six mon-ths, Patwari got two years and Hession one year.

When Jackman was arrested in December 2007, he had moved from Barclays to a new job at Abbey. Officers who searched his home found compromised customer details rel-ating to 10 Abbey accounts.

Detective inspector Perry Stokes says: “Iqbal, Jackman and Emeruem were key to the fraud. Their arrogant behaviour throughout the offending and the judicial process has displayed a real contempt for the law, with no signs of remorse for their actions.”

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