Ten people from Keighley, Bradford and Oldham have been sentenced in connection with the theft of £180,000 from the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Mohammed Tahir (31) of Utley, Keighley, Mohammed Sarwaz Khan (38) of Odsal, Bradford, Saeed Saddique (31) of Worth Village, Keighley and Cheryl Barnes (32) of Oldham appeared before Leeds Crown Court on Friday 25th March and were sentenced to 3-years, 15 months, 12 months and 4 months respectively after being found guilty of conspiring to defraud and money laundering offences.
Two 25-year-old men, a 26-year-old man and a 27-year-old man from Keighley also appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Friday and were sentenced to 3 months imprisonment suspended for 2-years for their role in the conspriacy.
On Monday 28th March at Leeds Crown Court a 28-year-old man of Shaw, Oldham was sentenced to 4 months imprisonment suspended for 2-years. He failed to appear for sentencing on Friday and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Over the weekend he was arrested by Greater Manchester Police and appeared before the Courts yesterday.
Between January 2006 and December 2007, Tahir, an employee of RBS, accessed customer accounts at NatWest and arranged for unauthorised transfers of money to the defendents, who then withdrew the cash.
Detective Sergeant Pete Langham, who lead the investigation team, said “I am very pleased with the sentences handed down by the Court in this case.
“It vindicates the hard work of the West Yorkshire Police’s Economic Crime Unit and the Crown Prosecution Service in safeguarding the public of West Yorkshire from the actions of criminals who seek to steal other people’s money by engaguing in fraudulent activty of this kind.
“Justice has been done for the victims in this case, who lost a substantial amount of money and a clear message has been sent out that West Yorkshire Police will not tolerate fraud and money laundering and the Economic Crime Unit remains vigilant in pursuing and bringing such offenders to justice.”