Ex-Lloyds bank digital security chief 'submitted £2.5m in false exes'
Head of Fraud, indeed
A former Lloyds Banking Group head of digital banking fraud and security has been charged with defrauding her employer.
Prosecutors said that Jessica Harper had submitted false expenses claims that totalled £2.46m.
The Crown Prosecution Service's deputy head of the central fraud group, Andrew Penhale, said in a statement:
We have authorised the Metropolitan Police Service to charge Jessica Harper, the former head of fraud and security for digital banking at Lloyds Banking Group, with one count of fraud by abuse of position, contrary to section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006.
The charge relates to an allegation that between 1 September 2008 and 21 December 2011, Jessica Harper dishonestly and with the intention of making a gain for herself, abused her position as an employee of Lloyds Banking Group, in which she was expected to safeguard the financial interests of Lloyds Banking Group, by submitting false invoices to claim payments totalling £2,463,750.88, to which she was not entitled.
This decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is a realistic prospect of conviction and a prosecution is in the public interest.
Harper will appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on 31 May, the CPS added. ®
I don't which I find worse...
...the fact that someone in such a trusted position (or any position for that matter) would even consider such a stupid act or the fact that as head of security and fraud the silly cow didn't have enough knowledge or common sense to cover her tracks.
I am of course assuming that she is in fact guilty and that this is not just all some terrible mistake (like happened with those poor MPs not realising that a duck house or a pad for your mistress might not be a refundable expense).
I have to admit to some quiet admiration for her ambition
if you're going to steal, don't piss about with a few twenties here and there: go for broke.
£2.4m - not SALARY, but EXPENSES?? Fuck me, like what the hell was she doing that she thought that wouldn't be noticeable..?!