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Official in bank’s fraud section on theft charge

By Alan Erwin

A woman working in a bank's fraud department took £25,000 from a customer's account, the High Court was told yesterday.

Belfast-based Alina Cepoi claims she transferred the funds from the victim's savings under duress from a Romanian drug dealer, a judge was told.

The man has links with Romanian gypsies and caused the accused to fear for the safety of her elderly grandmother in her native country, it was claimed.

Prosecutors said searches of her home after bosses at the Halifax uncovered the alleged scam also led to the recovery of up to £6,000 of cocaine.

The 26-year-old Romanian national, of Woodstock Road in Belfast, faces charges of fraud by abuse of position and possessing Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Denying bail, the judge ruled that Cepoi's connections with Romania and Spain increased the risk of absconding.

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