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  • 21/09/2012
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Former Lloyds worker jailed for £2.5m fraud
A former security chief at Lloyds Banking Group has been jailed for five years for submitting false invoices to claim payments from the bank.

Jessica Harper admitted fraud by abuse of position and transferring criminal property defrauded from her employers.

Between 2007 and 2011, she paid herself £2.5m through false and doctored invoices while working as head of fraud and security for digital banking at the company, the BBC reports.

The 50-year-old South Croydon resident, who was earning £60,000 a year at the time, passed the proceeds to friends and her three brothers to invest in property.

Judge Deborah Taylor told her: “You were a senior employee in the bank in a position with a high degree of trust at a time when Lloyds was substantially supported by a lot of taxpayers’ money following difficulties sustained by the bank in the financial crisis.

“You disregarded your duties out of a sense of entitlement to take other people’s money for your own benefit and that of your family.”

Southwark Crown Court had previously heard that Harper had already repaid £300,000 and was in the process of selling her house for about £700,000.

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