A Barclays bank manager investigated a colleague's £20,000 theft from a customer aged 95 - then stole £23,000 from the same pensioner by copying the crime.
Barry Gillard, 31, was jailed yesterday for two-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to 12 charges of fraud for the copy-cat crime, reported the Daily Mirror.
The court heard how he stole sums of between £340 and £5,000 during June 2010, from pensioner Frederick Castleton, who died two months ago.
Judge David Higgins told Gillard: “It’s hard to imagine a higher degree of financial trust than that which is placed in a bank manager.”
Jacqueline Samuels, prosecuting, said: “One aggravating feature is the deliberate targeting of a vulnerable victim.”
Gillard was caught when an irregularity was seen on the Twickenham branch account of Castleton, who had an £80,000 balance.
It is believed that Gillard committed the crime because he was experiencing debt problems.
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