£55,000 theft but bank clerk walks free
A crooked bank clerk who stole more than £55,000 from customer accounts to help pay off his spiralling debts has walked free from court.
Ruairi O'Neill (32) pillaged the cash from three accounts while working as a customer services assistant for Cheltenham & Gloucester. O'Neill, originally from Belfast, then resorted to gambling in a bid to recoup his losses.
Southwark Crown Court heard O'Neill forged signatures on withdrawal slips to pocket the cash in an unsophisticated fraud which took place between February 2009 and December 2010.
O'Neill had worked for Cheltenham & Gloucester since graduating from university in Edinburgh, before taking up a job at the bank's Chancery Lane branch in central London.
O'Neill, of (9A) Aldermans Hill, Palmers Green, north London, was sentenced by the judge, Mr Recorder Michael Kent QC, to 12 months behind bars suspended for two years.
He pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud earlier this year.