Man sentenced for fraudulent bank card transactions

08 November 2019
A previous employee of a building society has been given a suspended prison sentence following a string of fraudulent bank card transactions.

Alexander Obiefule, 30 and of Derby Road in Bournemouth, was sentenced at Poole Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 5 November 2019 to 26 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months after admitting 13 counts of fraud by false representation. 

He also was sentenced to 250 hours of unpaid work and up to 15 days rehabilitation activity requirement. 

Obiefule worked for the Nationwide Building Society Mortgage Works call centre in Bournemouth at the time of the offences.

As part of his role he was required to obtain account numbers from customers in order for them to make mortgage payments. 

Between July 2016 and November 2016 Obiefule used bank details of victims that he spoke to on the phone to carry out 52 fraudulent card transactions totalling over £4,900.

Two complaints from customers were received on Tuesday 22 November 2016 that their bank cards had been fraudulently used after contacting the call centre and speaking to Obiefule. 

The matter was reported to Dorset Police on Wednesday 23 November 2016 and officers attended the call centre that day to arrest Obiefule.

A detailed and lengthy investigation was launched by officers, working with the Nationwide Building Society Fraud Unit, and a further eleven victims were identified. 

Obiefule was re-arrested in April 2019 and made full admissions in police interview.

All thirteen victims were refunded the money that they had lost.

Detective Constable Rob Fletcher, of Dorset Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “Alexander Obiefule abused his position and used it to take money from innocent victims. 

“We will do all we can to bring prolific offenders like Obiefule before the court.”

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