A former Lloyds Bank worker has been found guilty of selling customers’ bank account details to a friend for £50, who then stripped the accounts of more than £80,000.
Jaspreet Marwaha, 27, was working at a branch in Solihull when Mohammed Saif Maqsood offered her cash for bank details.
Over the course of three months, Marwaha passed over the details of more than 80 customers to Maqsood who set up betting accounts with the money.
Birmingham Crown Court was told Masqsod set up betting accounts with the money and between £82,000 and £92,000 was removed from the accounts.
Marwaha – who now works at Sky Sports – had laughed at the prospect of going to prison in a text message, BirminghamLive reports.
She initially told police in an interview that "there was an element of coercion by the co-defendant Maqsood who was threatening to reveal an illicit relationship," prosecutor Jason Avis said.
He said: "There were various messages showing these defendants speaking about getting 100 sets of bank details for payment of £50 to her per card. In one message she laughed at the prospect that she might go to jail for this.
"There was talk of her being owed money from the co-defendant.
"Mr Maqsood asked her for details of an account with over £5,000 in and offered to pay a fee of £500."
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Philippa McAtasney, defending Marwaha, said the offences occurred more than two years ago.
She said: "Back then she views herself as being stupid, naive and thoughtless.
"She failed to grasp the scale of potential loss at the time. She handed over those details willingly, at that point she was not thinking about the consequences to others at all."
Marwaha said her "previous good character" included various charity work and argued the fact she has since built up a successful media career – as a Sky Sports assistant producer according to her LinkedIn profile.
Richard Butcher, defending Maqsood, from Blackburn, similarly argued that his client has made strides to change his life by signing up to GAMSTOP to tackle gambling, starting a new business making cupcakes which employees five people, and was expecting his second child.
He said: "He is terribly ashamed. He was hiding his gambling addiction from his family, from his wife, keeping it a secret from his close friends. That was the root cause.
"That was him two and a half years ago. Since that time he has done almost everything he can to put his life on an even keel."
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The court heard both defendants were willing to pay compensation and that Marwaha had already saved £4,000 on top of the £1,500 which was seized while Maqsood had transferred more than £28,000 to his solicitors.
Judge Paul Farrer QC, passing sentence, stated that while both defendants "blamed each other" they were both "willing and enthusiastic participants in what was taking place".
He said Marwaha had since shown herself to be "well-liked, ambitious and hard-working' whilst she had 'matured considerably".
Addressing Maqsood he said the "most compelling mitigation is what you have done with your life in the last two and half years", including tackling gambling and starting a new business.
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Maqsood and Marwaha admitted conspiracy to defraud at Birmingham Crown Court.
Marwaha escaped an immediate prison sentence and was handed jail terms of 22 months suspended for two years.
The four also handed a sentence for a charge of fraud by abuse of position which is to be served concurrently.
Marwaha must also carry out 35 days of rehabilitation activity and 250 hours of unpaid work.
In Maqsood’s, case he must complete 20 days of rehabilitation and 250 hours of unpaid work.
He was also handed the same 22 months suspended sentence after he admitted conspiracy to defraud.
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