A bank advisor from Southall is facing a maximum of 10 years imprisonment after being found guilty of stealing almost £123,000.
Aniysah Ali, 25, her then-fiancé and an accomplice were found guilty on Wednesday (February 11) at the Old Bailey of stealing £122,942 and trying to steal a further £114,349.
Ali was working at a London branch of Halifax as a bank advisor in 2012 when she committed card fraud against a wealthy customer, along with her accomplice – Alexander Syed, 33.
Together they stole from the account to buy jewellery, electrical goods, clothing and cars. Many of the transactions took place at west London retailers and in Southall.
On some occasions they simply withdrew cash or used the money to pay off household bills. Ali’s fiancé Salim Hussain was also found to be involved in the fraud.
Ali will be sentenced for one count of fraud by abuse of position and one count of fraud by false representation on April 24. Both counts of fraud hold maximum sentences of 10 years.
The frauds took place between March and May of 2012. Ali’s details were passed to the Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU) – the police unit sponsored by the banking industry – by Halifax and after an extensive investigation, she was arrested.
Following her arrest, Ali’s house was searched by DCPCU officers and invoices were found that matched the account that she had previously accessed and for which she had ordered a new card. After the raid on her property, Ali then revealed the involvement of Syed and he was subsequently arrested along with Ali’s fiancé Hussain.
Forensic analysis then linked Syed to the fraud as his fingerprints were found on the invoices recovered from Ali’s property. Syed pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
Ali left the bank before she was arrested and no customers lost out as a result of the fraud.
Ali and Salim Hussain have since separated.
Detective Constable Aine Matthews, the officer leading the investigation at the DCPCU, said: “Rather than safeguarding the interests of her customers, Ali did the exact opposite and betrayed the position of trust she held within the bank.
"Today’s convictions send out a clear message to those facing the same temptation – commit these crimes and you will be brought to justice.”