April 10, 2018

A fraudster named Terrence Sabangle was sentenced to three years imprisonment for conspiracy to defraud at London Inner Crown Court, in a case involving over £49,300 at a bank branch in Brixton, London. His accomplice Laurent Ewas, who worked at the bank at the time, received a 12-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty.

Ewas was working for Barclays Bank at a branch in Brixton in 2016 when he was approached by Sabangle. Sabangle offered Ewas money to carry out unauthorised transfers and withdrawals from customer accounts. Ewas moved money from genuine customer accounts without carrying out proper identification checks. He then enabled Sabangle to make cash withdrawals to withdraw the fraudulent money.

Over a six-week period, fraud totalling £49,300 was carried out. The victims were subsequently refunded.

The fraud was spotted by a Barclays fraud investigator and passed to the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) to investigate. Ewas pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing, while Sabangle was found guilty following a trial at Inner London Crown Court. They were sentenced on Friday 6 April.

Detective Constable Matt Cornell, of the DCPCU, said:

“The police and the banking industry take fraud very seriously. This sentence should send a strong message to would-be fraudsters that you will be caught and punished.”

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Notes to Editor

  1. For more information, please contact the UK Finance press office on 0207 416 6750 or press@ukfinance.org.uk
  2. The Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) is a unique pro-active police unit, with a national remit, formed as a partnership between UK Finance, the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police together with the Home Office. It is fully sponsored by the cards and banking industries, with an on-going brief to investigate, target and, where appropriate, arrest and seek successful prosecution of offenders responsible for card, cheque and payment fraud crimes. It is headed up by a Detective Chief Inspector and comprises officers from the Metropolitan and City of London police forces who work alongside banking industry fraud investigators and support staff.