Suffolk: Fraudster exploited flaw in bank card system
- Credit: Archant
A MAN who dishonestly obtained £5,000 from post offices by abusing a system put in place for people who lose their bank card or cheque book has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Robert Fenner took advantage of a “chink in the armour” of the system and obtained money from a member of staff at Hadleigh Post Office on two occasions, Ipswich Crown Court heard
Robert Fenner, 37, of Melford Road, Sudbury, admitted three offences of fraud and attempted fraud by false representation and one offence of money laundering.
He was given a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work in the community and ordered to pay £2,000 compensation.
Robert Sadd, prosecuting, said the fraud offences dated back to 2010 and concerned a system in place at the time, but not now, where customers of the Alliance and Leicester Building Society - now part of Santander Bank - could get an emergency amount of money from a post office if they lost their bank card or cheque book. Mr Sadd said security procedures had been in place but these were not infallible.
You may also want to watch:
Michael Warren, for Fenner, said the offences happened several years ago and they could have been dealt with when Fenner appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court for other offences. He said other people had been involved in the offences and his client hadn’t profited directly. He said Fenner was keen to put the offences behind him.
- 1 Boss who boasted of lavish lifestyle is bankrupt with £100k debts
- 2 Felixstowe beach hut goes on sale for record price
- 3 Woman's body found in village home
- 4 History of the Cook cull - a look back at his busy transfer windows with Chesterfield, Portsmouth and Wigan
- 5 Indian Covid variant being monitored in Suffolk after one case confirmed
- 6 A14 delays as police deal with incident near Orwell Bridge
- 7 A14 re-opens after medical emergency
- 8 Couple were found 'slumped over' on their sofa, inquest hears
- 9 ‘Demolition Man’ Cook tells vast majority of Ipswich Town squad to find new clubs
- 10 ‘Unique’ farm in coveted river setting hits market for first time in 60 years