'Trusted' bank worker jailed for £167k thefts
A trusted bank worker, charity volunteer and church warden was jailed yesterday for two-and-a-half years for stealing £167,000 from the old and vulnerable.
Gaynor Russ (59) was the friendly face of banking for 40 years at a small south Wales valley branch of Barclays and trust in her was high.
However, she was unmasked as a cynical manipulator who preyed on the old and vulnerable to plunder cash.
Her victims were angry at what they saw as a lenient sentence handed down at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.
In one case, at least £20,000 went missing from the account of a man who had severe learning difficulties.
Russ had previously admitted 13 counts of fraud covering a 10-month period to 2008 earlier this month.
Russ, of Dumfries Street, Treorchy, south Wales, was counter manager at the Treherbert branch of Barclays.
The court heard Russ targeted several people and organisations, including a local hospital league of friends for which she was treasurer.