Bank employee stole lots of cash from elderly stroke victim’s account

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By: Feng Qian 

A bank employee was arrested, charged and convicted of theft after stealing cash from a customer, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

51-year-old Basmattee Kanhai of Beech Avenue, Chorley, admitted four counts of fraud by abuse of position.

The Bolton Crown Court sentenced her to a six month suspended sentence and ordered her to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.

The victim, 74, suffered a stroke. Later that year, he suffered another stroke and a heart attack. He was admitted to a hospital for several weeks, before spending a number of months at a rehabilitation center.

Suspicious activity was identified by Barclays Bank across a number of accounts he had with the bank.

An internal investigation was launched by Barclays Bank and Kanhai, who started working as a cashier at Barclays Bank on Market Street, Bolton, was suspended and the matter was reported to the police.

On one occasion she posted a withdrawal, claiming that the victim was present, after the branch had closed to customers.

Kanhai changed the victim’s statement frequency from monthly to yearly.

In all, 29 withdrawals were made totaling 5,950 pounds ($9,138). The amounts ranged from 30 pounds ($46) to 600 pounds ($921), but were mostly in 200 pounds installments.