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Denbighshire fraudster stripped of 10k to repay bank

Mold Crown Court
Collins stole 50,000 from one victim, who was 93-years-old

A personal banking adviser who stole more than £77,000 from customers' accounts has been ordered to repay some of the money to the bank.

David James Collins, 20, of Hazel Court, Rhyl, was told in Mold Crown Court he would have to forfeit £10,000 cash and a car worth £4,000.

Collins was given 21 months in youth custody in February after admitting eight charges of fraud and theft.

He used the money from Abbey National customers to fund a gambling addiction.

Outstanding amount

Following a police investigation, Collins appeared under the Proceeds of Crime Act at a financial hearing, which heard he benefitted by £77,260.

The judge, Mr Recorder Simon Medland, made an order that £10,000 left in one of Collins's accounts should be used to compensate the bank, which had to meet its customers' losses.

The order also means that if Collins comes into money in the future, the authorities can pursue him for the outstanding amount.

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