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Bank employee jailed for 7/7 bomb victim fraud

Paul Walsh
Paul Walsh pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing

A bank employee from Cambridgeshire has been jailed for two years for using the account of a victim of the 7 July bombings to steal money.

Paul Walsh, 35, from Great Cambourne, worked for an HSBC branch in Cambridge, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

One of the bank's customers, Anthony Fatayi-Williams, was killed in July 2005 when a bomb went off on a bus in Tavistock Square, London.

Walsh admitted false accounting, theft and fraud.

In November 2006, Walsh began increasing the overdraft limit on Mr Fatayi-Williams's account and helped himself to the money.

By April 2007 the overdraft was £38,100.

Anthony Fatayi-Williams
Anthony Fatayi-Williams died in the Tavistock Square bombing

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said Walsh also hacked into another dormant account and the total sum lost by the bank was £33,200.

Walsh, a professional studies officer who arranged bank loans for customers in relation to their studies, was sacked by the bank in August 2007, she said.

In December he pleaded guilty to six counts of false accounting, one count of fraud and one count of theft.

Cambridge Crown Court confirmed Walsh was given a prison sentence for two years to run concurrently on all counts.



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