Former bar manager jailed for �80,000 bank scam

A former bar manager who conned five bank branches out of nearly �80,000 in an eight-day crime spree has been jailed for nine months.

Natalie Shepherd posed as the co-director of three different companies to trick staff from HSBCs in Muswell Hill, Hampstead, Hackney and Wood Green into transferring up to �10,000 a time into different accounts between September 16-24 last year.

The money was then withdrawn from the accounts in cash, by others, within days of it being paid out.

On Wednesday last week (August 29) Southward Crown Court heard how the 42-year-old hijacked the identities of directors of three businesses: Bombay Duck, Measurement Systems, and Urban Music during her string of frauds.

Shepherd, from Chippenham Road in Westbourne Park, was only caught when she tried to pass off a fake driving licence at a branch in New Bond Street.

She pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, eight counts of fraud and one count of being in possession of an identity document with improper intent.