Meet Afolabi Adepoju, 32, the Barclays banker who took part in a ‘slick scam’ with others by passing on confidential security details so fraudsters could call the bank or pose as legitimate customers online. The scam saw £68,000 been taken from customers.
Afolabi Adepoju, 32, passed confidential security details to fraudsters who would call up the bank or go online posing as legitimate customers. Adepoju, who worked in the bank’s branch on Mosley Street in Manchester city centre, provided details of over 10 accounts in order for money to be withdrawn.
Manchester Crown Court heard Adepoju, from Blackley, used a colleague’s iPad and login details to access private information. The total amount defrauded from the bank was just under £70,000. It was said the bank and its customers have now been reimbursed.
Following a trial, Adepoju was found guilty of fraud by abuse of position and sentenced to two years. Prosecutor Jonathan Savage told the court Adepoju had access to all of the accounts and computer system at the bank. “Details were handed over from a number of accounts and money was taken,” he said. At a trial held in February, prosecutors said Adepoju had accessed customers’ details on the internal Barclays computer system, when he had no reason to do so.
He was described to be ‘integral to the scam’, as he was employed as a ‘community banker’ or cashier. In the trial Adepoju appeared alongside co-defendants Connor Tither, 23; and Mark Hewitt, aged 30. Both were found not guilty by a jury. Money was said to have been transferred in minutes into the fraudsters’ accounts and withdrawn almost immediately.
Appearing alongside him, Salieu Kruvally, 23, from Belle Vue, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obtain a service and was sentenced to 150 hours unpaid work and £185 court costs.
Prosecutor Jonathan Savage said: “£50 from one customer’s account was sent to Kruvally’s bank account. A few minutes later £3,800 was transferred, then £3,500 was withdrawn from his account. This happened again with £3,800 being transferred out of the customer’s account, and a further £3,500 being withdrawn. The total taken from one customer’s account was £7,650 .” Adepoju was said to have one previous conviction for drink driving, and student Kruvally was said to have a caution for criminal damage in April 2017.
Mitigating for Adepoju, defence lawyer Louis French said his client was considered to be highly vulnerable amid the coronavirus pandemic, due to his diagnosis of sickle cell anemia. “This doesn’t give him a ‘get out of jail free card’ but his health is very precarious, none more so than it is today,” Mr French told the court.
“His wife moved over here and she has no other means of support. He is very concerned about her. They met and married and for him with his health, it was a lonely life and she means a great deal to him.”
Sentencing Adepoju to two years imprisonment, Judge Suzanne Goddard QC said: “Your wife was seeking asylum for many years. You going to prison will be devastating for her. This was a fraud that resulted in fairly high monetary gains and it was a significant breach of trust.”
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