Norfolk

Fraudulent banker preyed on elderly people in Norfolk

A 22-year-old personal banker in Norfolk who "milked" her elderly customers' accounts to the tune of £33,224 has been jailed for six months.

Brittany Perfect, of Greenland Avenue in Wymondham, worked at Barclays branch in Attleborough.

She admitted five offences of fraud at Norwich Crown Court and her defence said she had suffered a mental illness.

Judge Alasdair Darroch said: "You selected elderly peoples' accounts and received substantial amounts of money."

Nick Methwold, prosecuting, said she took the money from elderly people and put it into accounts belonging to members of her family.

"One elderly man's health deteriorated because of what occurred and he is now living in a rest home.

"She targeted elderly people because they were less likely to read their statements carefully," he said.

Position of trust

Jonathan Morgans, defending, said that her mental health was the reason behind her behaviour.

"This was a cry for help. It was a relief to her when she was caught and she is now getting the medical treatment she needs.

"She is very sorry for what occurred."

Jailing her, Judge Darroch reminded her that she had been in a position of trust and had betrayed it.

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