Former bank worker in court accused of stealing £1.3m from Virgin Money

A former bank worker has appeared in court accused of stealing greater than £1.3m from her employers.

Laura Matthews allegedly pocketed the money over a six-year interval between 2013 and 2019.

A court heard that the 31-year-old was suspected of transferring the cash into her personal account from Virgin Money PLC, who she labored for on the time.

In complete, prosecutors claimed she stole £1,309,719.67 from the bank.

Matthews is then additionally accused of concealing or transferring prison property by “shifting the funds between her account and subsequently spending them”.

Matthews, of Rosecroft, in Pelton County Durham, appeared earlier than North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday to face one rely every of theft by worker and concealing or transferring prison property.

She spoke solely to substantiate her title, date of start and handle and to substantiate she could be withholding her plea to each fees.

Prosecutor, Gurjot Kaur, mentioned the offences allegedly occurred in Newcastle between May 15, 2013 and July 19, 2019.

She added: “Because of the quantity, this isn’t appropriate for abstract trial.”

Agreeing that Matthews must be despatched to the crown court, District Judge Paul Currer mentioned: “You’re charged with very severe offences given the quantity of cash concerned.

“It’s additionally an alleged breach of belief since you have been working for Virgin Money on the time.

“You will likely be despatched to Newcastle Crown Court on April 7 at 10am. If you fail to attend on that date and time, you commit and offence, for which you can be prosecuted.

“It’s additionally necessary you retain in contact along with your solicitors with you directions.”



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