July 9, 2018

A criminal who abused his position at a high street bank to enable around £18,250 of fraud has been given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, as well as 200 hours of unpaid community work.

Rasad Salam, of Forest Gate, was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court today after pleading guilty to nine charges of fraud of abuse by position.

Salam was found to have abused his position of trust as an employee at Barclays Bank, Whitechapel, to commit approximately £18,250 of fraud and over £300,000 of attempted fraud. The fraud was spotted through an internal audit by the bank and then passed on to the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit, a specialist unit set up to combat fraud. All victims were refunded.

Evidence showed Salam used his position to access and view customer details without any valid business reason just prior to fraud occurring. Screenshots from the bank and further handwritten security details were later found at his home address confirming his role in the fraud.

DCPCU Detective Constable Jeremy Boxall, who investigated the case, said:

“This shows that anyone who tries to abuse their position to commit fraud will be caught and punished.

“The police take fraud extremely seriously and work closely with the banking industry to bring those responsible to justice.”

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For more information, please contact the DCPCU press office on 0207 416 6750 or email press@ukfinance.org.uk

Notes to Editor

  1. 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. Established in April 2002, the DCPCU has since achieved an estimated £500 million in savings from reduced fraud activity.