Bank official stole £3,000 from customers
A bank worker who siphoned off nearly £3,000 from customer accounts was yesterday ordered to carry out community service.
Jason Christie was also directed to pay back in full the cash he stole during a four-month scam.
The 36-year-old, of Ardvanagh Road, Conlig, Co Down, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by abuse of position and theft from the Nationwide Building Society.
Belfast Magistrates Court heard how he stole a total of £2,848.47 between October 2009 and January 2010.
He deposited money into his own account when carrying out transfers for customers or closing down their accounts.
A defence lawyer told the court Christie was £18,000 in debt and had allowed his “finances to get the better of him”.
The solicitor added: “He has lost his career and his prospects of ever getting gainful employment again are greatly diminished.
“He fully accepts his culpability and fully accepts the ramifications of that. He accepts he does have to repay the full amount.”
District Judge Fiona Bagnall said she was impressed with how Christie had met the charges and by the contents of a report prepared on him. She said his remorse appeared genuine and noted that he had brought £2,000 with him to go towards paying back the stolen cash.
Christie was sentenced to 200 hours community service for each offence.