A Bank Manager at Natwest Bank in Biggin Hill, England plead guilty in a UK court this week after he admitted to stealing £185,000 from two elderly customers in order to gamble online.
Glenn Mason, 56, plead guilty to stealing the money from Leslie Pilditch and Julie Amos, transferring the funds to his online poker accounts. To make matters worse, Mason stole credentials from two of his fellow co-workers, causing them to be fired and charged with fraud.
Mason was given a light 15 month jail sentence, which is attributed to the fact that his wife recently died of cancer and his son was badly injured while serving in the military in Afghanistan.
Speaking to the defendant Recorder Simon Farrell QC said, "You stole roughly GBP185,000 over a period of a year from victims who were elderly and undoubtedly vulnerable."
"Your fellow worker Julie Jeffrey, who was falsely arrested because you used her ID details to steal the money, described how, having worked for NatWest since the age of 16, losing her job as a 50 year-old woman and being reduced to delivery leaflets in all weathers.‘
"Plainly these are very serious offences which everyone agrees cross the custody threshold."
"But for your personal mitigation this sentence would have been far longer."