A former bank employee has been jailed for two years after stealing thousands of pounds from the accounts of elderly and vulnerable people.
Natasha Bassi, 23, of Cobden Crescent, Southampton, pleaded guilty to fraud by abusing her position of trust.
Southampton Crown Court heard that between May 2014 and December 2014 carried out 17 unauthorised transactions on the accounts of 14 customers.
The total amount transferred into other accounts was £53,219.
It was only when two of the customers noticed money missing from their accounts and raised their concerns with Santander that Bassi was caught.
The bank called police and an investigation got underway which identified the true scale of her crimes.
She was sentenced at Southampton Crown Court yesterday to two years in prison.
Speaking after the sentencing Detective Constable Hannah Ellis, from the Economic Crime Unit, said: “Bassi transferred money from the bank’s most vulnerable customers.
“It would have been distressing for her victims when they discovered the money missing from their accounts.
“As well as risking the financial wellbeing of several vulnerable and elderly customers, her actions also had a detrimental effect on Santander.
“We worked alongside Santander throughout this investigation to identify all those affected and the bank ensured all customers were compensated accordingly.
“Hampshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit is committed to pursuing individuals like Bassi and we hope that this case gives a clear indication of how seriously we take crimes of this nature.”