A customer advisor at Lloyds Bank sold her customers' account details to her friend who was addicted to gambling.
Jaspreet Marwaha of Birmingham passed the information on more than 80 accounts to Mohammed Saif Maqsood of Blackburn, who paid £ 50 for each set of card data and wiped between £ 82,000 and £ 92,000 off them.
At one point the 27-year-old part-time customer service representative "laughed" at the prospect of going to jail for the conspiracy.
However, after two and a half years of investigation, the couple immediately escaped prison terms after admitting a conspiracy to commit fraud and were instead sentenced to suspended sentences in Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, August 28.
The bank has since managed to reclaim a large chunk of the money, though more than £ 25,000 pending in relation to 45 client accounts.
Jaspreet Marwaha (pictured) from Birmingham is now a producer at Sky Sports and has not told her employer about her involvement in selling over 80 bank account details to her friend
Marwaha worked at Shirley's Solihull office from 2009, selling bank account information from November 2017 to March 2018 when she was arrested.
During a police interview, she first alleged that "the co-defendant (Maqsood) who threatened to uncover an illegal relationship was an element of coercion," said prosecutor Jason Avis.
Mr. Avis said the police looked through various text messages between the two defendants in which Marwaha laughed at the idea of going to jail for the crime.
Maqsood also said he was concerned about getting caught and spoke about a new plan to make big bucks.
Maqsood had 48 separate betting accounts with Coral bookmakers, some of which were in Marwaha's name.
Mr Avis stated that the fact that the bank clerk "abused her position" would inflict "serious reputational damage" on Lloyds and could result in customers closing their accounts due to a "loss of confidence".
Philippa McAtasney, who defended Marwaha, argued that the crimes took place over two years ago and said, “At that time she saw herself as stupid, naive and thoughtless.
She couldn't grasp the extent of the potential loss at this point.
"She passed on these details willingly, at this point she was not even thinking about the consequences for others."
She went on to say that the conspiracy was Maqsood's idea and that Marwaha had made no more than £ 5,000 from it.
Ms. McAtasney then argued on her defendant's "past good character", including various charity work and the fact that she has since built a successful media career – as an assistant producer for Sky Sports, according to her LinkedIn profile.
The court was told that her current employer was unaware of the case against her.
"She has ruined her reputation and will most likely lose her dream job," added Ms. McAtasney.
Blackburn's Mohammed Saif Maqsood (pictured) wiped between £ 82,000 and £ 92,000 from the bank accounts for which he had bought the data
Richard Butcher, who defended Maqsood, also argued that his client took steps to change his life by signing up with GAMSTOP to crack down on gambling. He started a new company that made cupcakes with five employees and was expecting his second child.
He said, “He's terribly ashamed.
He hid his gambling addiction from his family, from his wife, and kept it a secret from his close friends.
& # 39; That was the root cause.
“It was two and a half years ago.
"Since then he has done almost everything to get his life on an even keel."
The court heard that both defendants were willing to pay compensation and that Marwaha had already saved £ 4,000 on top of the £ 1,500 confiscated when she was arrested.
Maqsood has sent over £ 28,000 to his lawyers.
Judge Paul Farrer QC, who delivered the verdict, stated that while both defendants "blamed each other", they were both "willing and enthusiastic participants in what was going on."
He added that Maqsood "has undoubtedly received the lion's share of the profits".
However, he concluded that there is a "significant reduction" for each of them.
Judge Farrer said Marwaha has since proven herself to be "popular, ambitious and hardworking" while she has "matured considerably".
Prior to Maqsood, he said the "most compelling mitigation is what you've done to your life in the past two and a half years," including fighting against gambling and starting a new business.
Both were sentenced to 22 months in prison, suspended for two years for conspiracy to commit fraud. Marwaha was handed the same penalty for fraud for misusing the position to be served at the same time – at the same time.
She is also required to do 35 days of rehabilitation and 250 hours of unpaid work.
In Maqsood's case, he has to do 20 days of rehabilitation and 250 hours of unpaid work.
A hearing on the Proceeds from Crime Act to determine any amounts to be repaid will take place at a later date.
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