Criminal sentenced following over £2 million mandate fraud case

Sentencing follows investigation and arrest by specialist banking industry sponsored police unit, the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU).

A man from Hertfordshire who committed £2,260,729.09 of fraud has been sentenced (6 November 2023) at Inner London Crown Court to four years in prison.

Michael Grant, 45, a former contractor working for a bank as a senior market data administrator and financial analyst, pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position under the Fraud Act 2006. This followed a successful investigation by the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), a specialist police unit that is funded by the banking and finance industry.

Grant redirected refunds from service providers meant for the bank he was employed by, into his own external business account.

The bank became suspicious of Grant after a document was found on a printer in Grant’s office which appeared to have been altered, falsely showing that Grant’s business account was part of the bank at which he was employed.

The bank interviewed Grant about the matter. After the interview it was decided that he posed a risk to the organisation if he remained in-post, so his contract was terminated.

The bank and the DCPCU launched a full investigation in order to establish the extent of Michael Grant’s offending. At the conclusion of their enquiries, they established that in the offending period Grant successfully diverted funds relating to one hundred refund payments into his business account. These payments came to a total of £2,260,729.09.

Michael Grant pleaded guilty and received a custodial sentence of four years.

Detective Inspector Kate Duff, at the DCPCU said:

Michael Grant acted with dishonesty and abused the position of trust that his employer had given him. The extent of the losses show he only acted in the interest of himself, without any regard for the detrimental ramifications of the bank, his employer.

Fortunately, his activities were identified and activity ceased, preventing any further loss. This is another case where the DCPCU has brought a criminal to justice after working closely with the banking and finance industry.

This sentence should serve as a warning to perpetrators of crime that they will be caught and brought to justice.

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