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Facing jail: Benjamin Omoregie, The Lloyds insiders who targeted millionaires’ accounts

FOUR bank workers who helped fraudsters steal millions of pounds from rich customers are facing jail. The Lloyds staff scoured the bank’s computer system for rarely used

accounts with large balances and passed on details to a criminal gang. They ordered new bank cards so imposters could pose as customers and set up transfers of hundreds of thousands of pounds. The money was laundered through bogus companies and moved offshore, a court heard today. One victim lost more than £750,000 after an imposter used a fake driving licence in his name to set up two transfers over three days. Another customer with £3million in savings only just escaped becoming a victim when a suspicious member of staff called him. Bank workers Courtney Ayinbode, 29, Tajinder Galsinh, 35, Molly Jones, 24, and Benjamin Omoregie, 23, were all involved in the “high-level and sophisticated” scam. Kushveer Raulia, 25, operated the bogus companies to launder the proceeds while Parvez Hussain, 50, also handled some of the cash. Prosecutor Paul Cavin told the Old Bailey: “They were all involved in an agreement to defraud Lloyds TSB of millions of pounds.“Accounts with large balances – in some cases several millions of pounds – were targeted. An employee was recruited to help the gang. The insider would assist in breaching security protocols to steal the money. “It would be transferred to accomplices who would then transfer it through a number of bogus businesses before eventually it would disappear offshore. Once offshore it can come back onshore and nobody can trace it.” The first victim lost £750,975 in the space of three days after his account was accessed by both Ayinbode and Omoregie in July 2013. A few days later the customer’s address was changed and a new card issued to the new address, it is claimed. A month later, a man claiming to be the customer went into the Kings Cross branch to set up a transfer. Staff accepted the imposter’s bogus driving licence and authorised the transfer. The money was laundered through a bogus company operated by Raulia. Mr Cavin said: “Raulia provided a ready-made money laundering structure, limited companies with accounts, both here and overseas.” Galsinh and Jones were involved in the attempted fraud on the account of a Thomas Murphy when it had a £3million balance. Jones set up a payment of £486,000 – supposedly for a house purchase – after an imposter came into her branch of Lloyds TSB. Messages on her mobile related to the Murphy account and a description of the imposter. Raulia, of Hayes, west London, was convicted of conspiracy to defraud and converting criminal property. Ayinbode, of South Norwood, south London, and Galsinh, of Hayes, were convicted of conspiracy to defraud. Hussain, of Romford, east London, was convicted of converting criminal property. All four were released on conditional bail and sentencing is expected within the next three weeks. Jones, of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, and Omoregie, of no fixed address, both admitted their part before the trial.

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