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Former Lloyds worker is jailed over £2.4m fraud

Wednesday 26th September, 2012

Jessica Harper, the former Lloyds Head of Fraud and Security has been jailed after pleading guilty to stealing £2.4 million from the banking group. A five year sentence was handed out after she pleaded guilty to the charges, one count of fraud by abuse of position, and a charge of money laundering, for which a concurrent four year sentence was given.

As reported by the BBC in May 2012, the Former Lloyds Head of Fraud and Security was charged with submitting false invoices to a total of £2.5m. Andrew Penhale, from the Crown Prosecution Service's Central Fraud Group, said: "The charge relates to an allegation that between 1 September 2008 and 21 December 2011, Jessica Harper dishonestly and with the intention of making a gain for herself, abused her position as an employee of Lloyds Banking Group, in which she was expected to safeguard the financial interests of Lloyds Banking Group, by submitting false invoices to claim payments totalling £2,463,750.88, to which she was not entitled. Read More