Suffolk bank manager faces fraud charges

A SUFFOLK bank manager is due in court this month on fraud charges that are understood to have incurred six-figure costs for Lloyds TSB.

Colin Adwent

A SUFFOLK bank manager is due in court this month on fraud charges that are understood to have incurred six-figure costs for Lloyds TSB.

Jason Benham is scheduled to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday, September 18 to answer the charges against him.

The 36-year-old is accused of five counts of fraud by abuse of position and one charge of obtaining a money transfer by deception.

The allegations relate to offences said to have occurred over a period of nearly three-and-a-half years.

Two of the fraud charges are alleged to have taken place on January 17, 2007 while the other offences relate to June 28, 2007, November 28, 2007 and November 28, 2008.

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The deception charge is said to have occurred on June 29, 2005.

At the time of the alleged offences Benham was working as the manager of the Lloyds TSB branch in Mildenhall.

His first appearance at Ipswich Crown Court on September 18 is listed for a pleas and directions hearing.

The matter was committed from Bury St Edmunds Magistrates Court.

Benham, of Paynes Lane, Feltwell, near Thetford, was charged earlier this summer following a police investigation.

His first appearance on the allegations against him took place before Bury St Edmunds magistrates on June 11.

His final hearing before that court took place on August 20 when proceedings were transferred to Ipswich Crown Court.

A spokeswoman for Lloyds TSB yesterday said the bank would not be making any comment on Benham's case before the conclusion of the court proceedings.