Two Norwich Union employees from Sheffield have been jailed for five and a half years after using customers' personal details to poach over £600,000.
Edward Dzingai and Gregory Maumbe, both failed Zimbabwean asylum seekers, used their positions at the Sheffield branch of the insurance firm to gain access to personal insurance policy details of 28 ‘gone away’ customers or clients with no known current addresses.
According to the Yorkshire Post, the pair targeted these policies and managed to steal over £655,395 between September 2005 and October 2007. They attempted to pilfer a further £144,000 but failed.
The crime was eventually discovered by Norwich Union. David Ross, a spokesperson for the group, says: “We use checks and balances to identify fraud and picked up on it from that internal process. It’s a scenario we constantly look to identify and introduce ways to plug the gap."
NU keeps these processes under continual review to stop such crimes reoccurring, he adds.
Dzingai and Maumbe both pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to obtain money transfers by deception. Maumbe admitted receiving nearly £40,000, while Dzingai said he obtained between £1,500 and £2,000 for five different transactions.
Police officers raiding the homes of the two men examined their computers and found details of another 53 policy details worth £1.5m.
The prosecution reportedly told Sheffield Crown Court the pair used the names, details and copies of signatures from ‘gone away’ cases to manufacture fraudulent surrender letters. The funds were then transferred to the bank accounts detailed on the letters.
Judge Patrick Robertshaw, told the court: "The breach of trust involved was serious, flagrant, calculated, deliberate and protracted."IFAonline
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