A bank employee who stole over £16,000 from a Solihull couple’s account was quickly traced – because she had used her own security code to transfer it to her own account.
And at Warwick Crown Court graduate Saimah Altaf, 23, of Robin Hood Croft, Hall Green, was jailed for ten weeks.
She had earlier pleaded guilty to three charges of fraud in abuse of a position of trust.
The court heard that Altaf’s father had been planning to buy a property as an investment for the family, and had asked his four children to lend him money towards it until an endowment policy matured.
It was expected she would have savings because she had a good job, but she did not because she had been spending her money on expensive clothes and other items.
Having obtained the £16,000 she gave it to her father who, not realising how it had been obtained, in time repaid her – but there was no sign of what has happened to the money.
But because of his shame at what she had done, Altaf’s father had raised another £16,000 by taking out loans and repaid HSBC himself.
Michelle Heeley, defending, said: “Miss Altaf, by her own actions, has effectively thrown her life away.
“The worst aspect is the shame she has brought on her family. She is literally shaking with fear. Custody would have a detrimental effect on this young woman.”
But Judge Trevor Faber told Altaf: “This was quite deliberate. I have a duty to send out a deterrent message to those who work in the banking system that breaches of trust of this kind will not be tolerated.”