Prestatyn bank worker stole from customers' accounts


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

A BANK employee with a 35 year trusted record stole money from customers’ accounts.

Single mother Lesley Pound, aged 54, succumbed to temptation while in financial difficulties after a divorce.

She set up a false bank account in the name of a customer she had refused to open an account for – and then diverted cash from other people’s accounts into it.

Mold Crown Court how she even took money from the account of an elderly person who had died.

On occasions, she had paid the money back at the Rhyl branch of Santander before anyone noticed.

Pound of Bryn Llys in Meliden, admitted ten charges of fraud and attempted fraud amounting to £88,400.
But she got away with £22,500 – the remainder had been put back into the correct accounts before she was caught.

Judge Nicolas Parry gave her a 16 month prison sentence suspended for two years, placed her on supervision and sent her on a thinking skills course.

She was given six months to pay an outstanding amount of £9,929 in compensation after the court heard that she was selling her house to do so.

Judge Parry described it was a pre-meditated fraud which was fraudulent from the outset.

It went on for a significant period of time and there were multiple transactions.

There were ten potential victims and she stood to gain £88,400 although she actually
gained £22,500.

The offences were committed in breach of a high degree of trust, he said.

References confirmed that she was in all other ways a decent member of society and the judge said that he could not ignore the fact that she was the single mother of a 12-year-old child.

David Mainstone prosecuting, said that the frauds took place between May, 2011, and July, 2013.

She had set up an account in the name of a customer who had been refused an account – and then transferred money from other customers’ accounts into it.

Brian Treadwell, defending, said that his client was a lady of no previous convictions but had always put others first.

She had been in financial desperation and fell to temptation but on a number of occasions she had thought better of it and appreciated that it was wrong.

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