Court hears new relationship prompted thefts from Worcestershire bank

Worcester News: Catherine Finny, of Droitwich, stole almost £17,000 Catherine Finny, of Droitwich, stole almost £17,000

A BANK worker who was keen to socialise with her new partner stole almost £17,000 from the bank she worked at to pay for it, a court has been told.

Catherine Finney, who would regularly steal small amounts from the till she was responsible for at the Droitwich branch of Barclays, covered up her thefts by carrying out more than 100 “inter-till transfers”, making the missing money more difficult to spot.

Worcester Crown Court was told how the 25-year-old used the bank accounts of two elderly savers to launder some of her stolen haul, which totalled £16,980, between January 2011 and March 2013.

Finney, of Stalls Farm Road, Droitwich, was sentenced to 18 months behind bars yesterday after admitting one count of theft and two of fraud.

Judge Michael Cullum said she had been in a position of very high trust at the bank, which she had systematically breached to pay to “advance” her lifestyle.

“You took the money for your own living standards, which may not have been as lavish as some, but it was certainly beyond that which you would have legitimately been able to afford. It was simply to advance your lifestyle.”

“On almost a daily basis, you would take small amounts of money over a two-year period from the till at which you were the sole worker,” Judge Cullum said.

“You made, in total, 108 inter-till transfers which enabled the period over which you stole money to be as long as it was.

"Anyone working in the banking industry is, by definition, in a high position of trust.

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“The calculated nature of deceptions, the efforts you made in masking it, and the number of occasions you took money are all aggravating factors.” 

He sentenced her to 18 months in prison.

During the scam, the two elderly customers made no actual loss, the court was told, with Finney passing off queries over mystery transactions on their statements as banking errors.

She also replaced their postal statements with email statements.

Defending, Paul Stanley told the court Finney was in debt and had started to see a new partner, and wanted to be able to go out socialising with him.

He added that she was “very remorseful” about what had happened, which was why she had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity when she first appeared before magistrates.

A Proceeds of Crime Act hearing will be held on April 1 to determine if Finney will have to pay back any of the money.

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11:09am Tue 7 Jan 14

mauro balbino says...

But for Barclays's standards she still is a very small fish indeed.
But for Barclays's standards she still is a very small fish indeed. mauro balbino
  • Score: 8

12:23pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Endconreignforever says...

So this woman gets 18mths for a few thousand when the bankers in London who caused the crisis the country is facing walk away with bonuses in the millions with no repercussions . Unbelievable. There is something seriously wrong with out justice system in this country. Very disappointing, they should have just made her pay it all back.. and save tax payers money. Typical Tories attack the poor for problems caused by the rich!!
So this woman gets 18mths for a few thousand when the bankers in London who caused the crisis the country is facing walk away with bonuses in the millions with no repercussions . Unbelievable. There is something seriously wrong with out justice system in this country. Very disappointing, they should have just made her pay it all back.. and save tax payers money. Typical Tories attack the poor for problems caused by the rich!! Endconreignforever
  • Score: 8

2:47pm Tue 7 Jan 14

nicki1967 says...

I'd wager she didn't plead guilty at the first opportunity due to being remorseful but because she knew she'd get an automatic reduction in any prison time.
I'd wager she didn't plead guilty at the first opportunity due to being remorseful but because she knew she'd get an automatic reduction in any prison time. nicki1967
  • Score: 6

11:40am Wed 8 Jan 14

iamthebinman says...

Endconreignforever wrote:
So this woman gets 18mths for a few thousand when the bankers in London who caused the crisis the country is facing walk away with bonuses in the millions with no repercussions . Unbelievable. There is something seriously wrong with out justice system in this country. Very disappointing, they should have just made her pay it all back.. and save tax payers money. Typical Tories attack the poor for problems caused by the rich!!
Hold on! Can you confirm that you think it is a Tory policy to send a thief to jail? Are you saying that under a Labour government this women would be let off because she is less well off than bankers in London?

If you steal £17,000 you should go to jail. She stole so that she could go out on the town more.

Feel free to blame to Tories for everything you disagree they have done since getting into power but this is not their fault.

Are you sick of this Tory weather?
[quote][p][bold]Endconreignforever[/bold] wrote: So this woman gets 18mths for a few thousand when the bankers in London who caused the crisis the country is facing walk away with bonuses in the millions with no repercussions . Unbelievable. There is something seriously wrong with out justice system in this country. Very disappointing, they should have just made her pay it all back.. and save tax payers money. Typical Tories attack the poor for problems caused by the rich!![/p][/quote]Hold on! Can you confirm that you think it is a Tory policy to send a thief to jail? Are you saying that under a Labour government this women would be let off because she is less well off than bankers in London? If you steal £17,000 you should go to jail. She stole so that she could go out on the town more. Feel free to blame to Tories for everything you disagree they have done since getting into power but this is not their fault. Are you sick of this Tory weather? iamthebinman
  • Score: 6

8:40pm Wed 8 Jan 14

goodyearmart says...

i think 18 months is a bit harsh for this crime..i mean shes probably being punished by losing her job as well as having to probably work out hows shes gonna have to pay it back...surely community service would have been sufficient...your really going to get your life back on track stuck in some prison somewhere not...still good old british justice eh?
i think 18 months is a bit harsh for this crime..i mean shes probably being punished by losing her job as well as having to probably work out hows shes gonna have to pay it back...surely community service would have been sufficient...your really going to get your life back on track stuck in some prison somewhere not...still good old british justice eh? goodyearmart
  • Score: -2

8:42pm Wed 8 Jan 14

goodyearmart says...

Endconreignforever wrote:
So this woman gets 18mths for a few thousand when the bankers in London who caused the crisis the country is facing walk away with bonuses in the millions with no repercussions . Unbelievable. There is something seriously wrong with out justice system in this country. Very disappointing, they should have just made her pay it all back.. and save tax payers money. Typical Tories attack the poor for problems caused by the rich!!
Too right..fully agree with you!
[quote][p][bold]Endconreignforever[/bold] wrote: So this woman gets 18mths for a few thousand when the bankers in London who caused the crisis the country is facing walk away with bonuses in the millions with no repercussions . Unbelievable. There is something seriously wrong with out justice system in this country. Very disappointing, they should have just made her pay it all back.. and save tax payers money. Typical Tories attack the poor for problems caused by the rich!![/p][/quote]Too right..fully agree with you! goodyearmart
  • Score: 0

12:43am Thu 9 Jan 14

ideas4all says...

I think they were very lenient on her ppl robbing banks or bookies for much less usually end up with much longer sentences .in the crime of stealing money is the same even though she was in a position of trust .too right she is loosing her job what did u expect her employers to give her a promotion .by the time she comes out there should b a job waiting for her at the new strip club in lowesmoor and then she can do all the socialising she wants and get paid for it
I think they were very lenient on her ppl robbing banks or bookies for much less usually end up with much longer sentences .in the crime of stealing money is the same even though she was in a position of trust .too right she is loosing her job what did u expect her employers to give her a promotion .by the time she comes out there should b a job waiting for her at the new strip club in lowesmoor and then she can do all the socialising she wants and get paid for it ideas4all
  • Score: 5

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