Nasir escapes jail over stealing £56k from customer account

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BIRMINGHAM: A Halifax bank cashier siphoned off over £56,000 from an elderly dementia sufferer he had targeted. Nasir Haider used the cash he had taken over a three year period to fund his gambling addiction.

An investigation found that he had made payments to a gambling company of over £94,000, Birmingham Crown Court heard, but according to a Birmingham Mail report, the 30-year-old escaped from being sent immediately to prison after a judge said he had taken into account the effect of a jail sentence would have on his family.

Nasir Haider, of Stratford Road, Hall Green, who had previously admitted theft, was sentenced to two years suspended for two years and ordered to do 250 hours unpaid work.

Phillip Beardwell, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court, said the pensioner banked at a branch of the Halifax in Acocks Green where Haider worked as a cashier earning just over £15,000 per annum and who had been there since 2011.

The 78-year-old victim suffered from Parkinson’s, arthritis and diabetes which made it difficult for him to get to the bank.

He had also started to display symptoms of dementia which resulted in his family making arrangements to obtain a Power of Attorney. However, while they were going through bank statements it was apparent that substantial sums were missing which lead to an investigation.

The investigation uncovered a total of 54 suspicious transactions over a three year period amounting to £66,300 and that Haider cold be linked to 43 of these through his unique file number. There was CCTV evidence on October 19 2017 of the defendant taking £2,200 out of the victim’s account when he was not present at the branch.