Anne Peterson, 59, is alleged to have stolen £17,000 by forging signatures of two retired clients who banked with Lloyds Bank
A bank official targeted life savings of the elderly to plunder cash – only to be caught for withdrawing cash days after one customer died, a court heard.
Anne Peterson, 59, is alleged to have stolen £17,000 by forging signatures of two retired clients who banked with Lloyds Bank.
A court heard she diverted their bank statements to hide the trail of her thefts from their life savings.
Prosecutor Ieuan Bennett said Peterson had worked at Lloyds Bank for many years and had moved up the ranks.
Cardiff Crown Court heard that Peterson had ‘day to day’ contact with both William Tovey, 83, and Rona Wilson, 92, at the branch in Barry, South Wales.
Peterson is alleged to have ‘stripped’ £12,000 from Mrs Wilson’s account – but took £4,000 two weeks after she had died.
Her daughter Christine Eddins was shown the signature on a withdrawal slip – and confirmed it was not her mother’s.
Ms Eddins said she used to accompany her mother to the bank and she never took out more than £300 at a time.
She said the transactions were ‘entirely unlawful’. Mr Bennett said: ‘This defendant forged her signature.’
Ms Eddins explained the family did not realise any money was missing as her mother never received any bank statements.
Mr Bennett said: ‘The statements were diverted so he would not be able to find out what was going on. This was effectively the defendant covering her tracks.’
The court heard Peterson’s second client Mr Tovey said that he opened an ISA account and paid in £20,000 – but denied ever making any withdrawals.
Mr Bennett said: ‘It was discovered quite a lot of money had been taken out of his account. He was £5,000 short.’
Six unauthorised withdrawals were then found from his account in 2012, totaling £5,080.
Giving evidence, Mr Tovey said: ‘I’ve used the bank for 50 years. I never took anything out at all.’
Peterson, from Barry, South Wales, denies four counts of fraud.
The trial continues.
Cardiff Crown Court heard that Peterson (pictured left and right) had ‘day to day’ contact with both William Tovey, 83, and Rona Wilson, 92, at the branch in Barry, South Wales
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