Ex-HBOS man jailed after £100k scam

A former bank worker has been jailed for 18 months after HBOS customers had more than £100,000 illegally transferred from their accounts.

Kamran Khaliq, 20, of Rosevale View, Sowerby Bridge, was working in the savings department of the bank when he accessed personal details.

Bradford Crown Court heard was told in May last year the bank became aware of fraudulent transfers on 15 separate accounts.

Prosecutor Richard Smith said more than 30 accounts had been subject to attempted frauds with seven of them being successful.

The potential loss could have been more than £500,000, but just over £109,000 was obtained and the bank had reimbursed all the affected customers.

Mr Smith said Khaliq was linked to the offences through his computer user name and password, but he told bank investigators that someone else must have used his access details.

When he was questioned by police Khaliq admitted compromising up to 25 customer accounts and said he had passed on the details on to another man.

Mr Smith said Khaliq denied making any of the transfers himself or receiving any of the money.

Khaliq, admitted seven charges of fraud by abuse of position of trust and was jailed by Judge Jonathan Rose.

The court heard that Khaliq is already serving a three-year jail sentence for a robbery committed while he was on bail for the fraud offences.

A man and woman from Bradford, who admitted charges of converting criminal property and entering into a money-laundering agreement in relation to £8,700 of the illegally obtained money, received six month prison sentences suspended for two years.