January 17, 2019

 

Two criminals were sentenced to a total of over five years in jail today at Birmingham Crown Court, after attempting to recruit bank staff and commit attempted fraud worth £200k. This follows a successful investigation by the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), a police unit sponsored by the cards and banking industry that targets fraudsters.

Gurpal Singh 37, of Kingswood Road, Moseley, Birmingham, was found guilty of bribery and sentenced to three years and two months in prison. Dilbaagh Singh-Derewal, 24 of Acocks Green, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to bribery and was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.

In February 2017, Mr Singh-Derewal, an ex-employee of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), and Gurpal Singh, approached several RBS bank staff members that they were acquainted with through playing football together, asking them to participate in an attempted fraud. The staff reported the attempted fraud to their line manager and the case was then referred to the DCPCU.

The two fraudsters had asked the staff members to transfer funds worth £200k from a high-value account belonging to the bank, in exchange for a cut of the money. It’s understood that the fraudsters then sent text messages to the staff members proposing this could be a weekly arrangement, meaning the total losses from the attempted fraud could have been significantly higher.

Detective Constable Martin Godsave, who investigated the case for the DCPCU, commented:

“These fraudsters attempted to recruit staff members to take part in a high-value fraud.

“Fortunately, the staff did the right thing by reporting the incident to their line manager who then alerted the police.

“Thanks to their actions, these criminals were caught and brought to justice while thousands of pounds worth of fraud was prevented.”

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Notes to Editor

  1. For more information or to request a broadcast interview, please contact the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU) press office on 0207 416 6750 or press@ukfinance.org.uk
  2. Please find images of the defendants attached.
  3. The 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. The DCPCU achieved estimated savings of £25m from preventing and disrupting fraud in the first half of 2018. This brings the total savings from reduced fraud activity to over £540m since the unit was set up in 2002.