A personal banker with Barclays in Bristol has been jailed for three years after stealing £300,000 from clients to buy himself a house.
Robert Styles, 32, admitted a series of fraud charges when he appeared before Bristol Crown Court this month.
Prosecutor Caroline Bolt told the court that in the first case in 2009 a client had asked for £150,000 to be transferred out of a savings account into a bond.
Bolt told the court: “Instead of putting that into a bond, he put it into a savings account.
“Then he took £150,000 from another client and transferred it into that account. He passed almost all that sum to his solicitor for the purchase of a house.”
The son of one of the victims noted unexpected bank account activity and reported it to Barclays.
Styles started work with Woolwich in 2001 and then transferred to work in Barclays branches in Bristol.
In mitigation, it was said that, as a result of his fraud, Styles had lost his job and his wife and was now suffering from depression.
The court heard that the house had been sold and the money used to reimburse the bank.