Virgin Money bank manager steals money from elderly and vulnerable

A bank deputy manager faces jail after admitting to stealing money from the accounts of elderly and vulnerable customers.

Harry Harden worked at the Virgin Money Store in Leicester city center where between February 10 and August 18 last year he illegally withdrew £1,200 from the accounts of 14 bank customers.

The crimes came to light after customers noticed there wasn’t as much money as there should have been in their bank accounts.

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Harden, 30, of Belmont Street, Aylestone, Leicester, pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday March 3.

Prosecutor Sally Bedford said: “This defendant was an assistant manager of a bank. A number of customers had raised concerns that there was no money in their account.

“An internal investigation was conducted which revealed that this defendant had targeted elderly and vulnerable customers.

“He was clearly in a position of high confidence.”

She asked for the case to be sent to Leicester Crown Court, where a judge would have the power to sentence Harden to a prison term of more than six months which magistrates are limited to.

She said: “Given the value and the impact on the victims, the starting point will be 18 months imprisonment.

“This case should be returned to Crown Court for a heavier sentence.”

The court heard that Harden had no previous convictions.

His lawyer, Shabir Issat, said he agreed. He said: “He has a lot of remorse. He made a full confession.

“I concede, your sentencing powers would not be sufficient.”

Harden was released on full bail to appear at Leicester Crown Court on Thursday March 31.

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