Yorkshire building society worker stole £100,000 and splashed out an Audi and Dubai holiday

Mail Online | 6/14/2019 | Alisha Buaya For Mailonline
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A 'remorseless' society worker stole nearly £105,000 from vulnerable victims including several cancer patients, new parents, the elderly and bereaved families.

Nialah Afser, 37, abused her position at Yorkshire Building Society to rob the accounts of extremely vulnerable people who 'trusted her implicitly'.

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Afser, who was sentenced to four years in jail, even exchanged chocolates, flowers, and thank you cards with her victims.

She hid the stolen cash in her accounts and splashed out on a hire-purchase Audi car, a holiday to Dubai, and luxury products from Prada, Chanel, Zara and other high street retailers.

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Afser, from Birmingham, spent three years and three months preying on weak customers at the city's New Street branch before she was exposed in 2016.

When she was arrested, she blamed her crimes on her employers.

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Birmingham Crown Court heard on Thursday how Afser was appointed as 'deceased champion' at the New Street branch after obtaining her job with the society using forged references.

Afser, described as 'polite, charming and attentive', would take 'vulnerable' customers into a side room.

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After gaining their trust, she would unlawfully access their accounts, withdrawing various sums of cash after getting them to sign debit slips.

Graham Huston, prosecuting, told of one 'fragile' cancer sufferer who had gone into the branch in August 2015 for help as she was undergoing chemotherapy and ended up having £7,000 stolen from her.

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Mr Huston said: 'It was also clear to the defendant that this customer was trying to put her affairs in order anticipating a bad outcome to her cancer and the defendant took advantage of this.'

He added Afser stole £36,000 from one customer who...
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