Poole bank clerk’s £14,000 theft from customer

A FORMER bank clerk who stole £14,000 from an elderly customer’s account sobbed as she was handed a suspended jail sentence.

Maddison Taylor, 23, who worked for the NatWest in Poole, admitted plundering the woman’s funds on five occasions in October last year.

Prosecuting at Bourn-emouth Crown Court, Stuart Ellacott said Taylor, who now lives in Hampton, Middlesex, had been employed as a customer adviser when money from her victim’s account was siphoned into her own.

After leaving the bank on October 24 last year an investigation was launched by the bank’s fraud department and the police were alerted when irregularities were found.

By the time Taylor had been traced the stolen money had been spent. She admitted five counts of theft between October 12 and October 24.

Defending, Robert Grey said: “They were the most unsophisticated offences over a 12-day period; she was bound to be discovered.”

Mr Grey described his client as “a very nervous woman”, adding that she had entered early guilty pleas, had no previous criminal convictions and had two job interviews lined up for the following day which did not involve handling money.

Taylor’s grandfather, film director Richard Taylor, 79, said she was still haunted by the death of her mother who suffered from alcoholism and had been affected by her parents’ divorce.

Imposing an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, Judge Samuel Wiggs described the offences as “extremely serious” but added: “I’m just able to take the view that it is not in the public interest to send you straight to prison.”

Taylor was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work and pay the NatWest, which has reimbursed her victim, £4,000 compensation.

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5:04pm Sat 10 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

She obviously knows the right people,who says crime does not pay.
She obviously knows the right people,who says crime does not pay. pete woodley

5:20pm Sat 10 Nov 12

The Renegade Master says...

This pitiful excuse for a woman should have been sent to jail, but as the judge was extremely lenient, she should at the very least be made to pay back every penny plus interest.
This pitiful excuse for a woman should have been sent to jail, but as the judge was extremely lenient, she should at the very least be made to pay back every penny plus interest. The Renegade Master

5:24pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Old Colonial says...

The Renegade Master wrote:
This pitiful excuse for a woman should have been sent to jail, but as the judge was extremely lenient, she should at the very least be made to pay back every penny plus interest.
I agree. Why should 'the bank' i.e. it's customers have to pick up the tab?
[quote][p][bold]The Renegade Master[/bold] wrote: This pitiful excuse for a woman should have been sent to jail, but as the judge was extremely lenient, she should at the very least be made to pay back every penny plus interest.[/p][/quote]I agree. Why should 'the bank' i.e. it's customers have to pick up the tab? Old Colonial

5:33pm Sat 10 Nov 12

skaramanga says...

The way I see it is she just got payed £10,000 for 200 hours of community service.
It's a joke to be honest
She should be made to pay back every penny she stole with interest.
The way I see it is she just got payed £10,000 for 200 hours of community service. It's a joke to be honest She should be made to pay back every penny she stole with interest. skaramanga

5:40pm Sat 10 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

No doubt she spent a lot on luxuries,which should be confiscated.£14.000 COULD NOT JUST HAVE GONE ON JOLLYING.
No doubt she spent a lot on luxuries,which should be confiscated.£14.000 COULD NOT JUST HAVE GONE ON JOLLYING. pete woodley

5:40pm Sat 10 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

No doubt she spent a lot on luxuries,which should be confiscated.£14.000 COULD NOT JUST HAVE GONE ON JOLLYING.
No doubt she spent a lot on luxuries,which should be confiscated.£14.000 COULD NOT JUST HAVE GONE ON JOLLYING. pete woodley

6:17pm Sat 10 Nov 12

saynomore says...

Taylor’s grandfather, film director Richard Taylor, 79, said she was still haunted by the death of her mother who suffered from alcoholism and had been affected by her parents’ divorce.

So perhaps he would like to give his thieving grandaughters victim the money back
Taylor’s grandfather, film director Richard Taylor, 79, said she was still haunted by the death of her mother who suffered from alcoholism and had been affected by her parents’ divorce. So perhaps he would like to give his thieving grandaughters victim the money back saynomore

6:56pm Sat 10 Nov 12

Boscomite says...

Remember the name. She's got away with it once. We'll be hearing of her again.
Remember the name. She's got away with it once. We'll be hearing of her again. Boscomite

7:48pm Sat 10 Nov 12

West Howe Sean says...

Do we get as angry about the business people that con us out of thousands by exploiting the benefits system, ie buy to let landlords and people paying such low wages that the tax payer has to step in with tax credits. Yes that's benefit fraud by the employer. Creaming off profits while we subsidise the employees that make them the money.

I'm not excusing or justifying what she did. I'm just pointing out that we are all in the same cesspit. It's just that some are cloaked in respectability and feel morally superior yet underneath it all you are all just as bad.
Do we get as angry about the business people that con us out of thousands by exploiting the benefits system, ie buy to let landlords and people paying such low wages that the tax payer has to step in with tax credits. Yes that's benefit fraud by the employer. Creaming off profits while we subsidise the employees that make them the money. I'm not excusing or justifying what she did. I'm just pointing out that we are all in the same cesspit. It's just that some are cloaked in respectability and feel morally superior yet underneath it all you are all just as bad. West Howe Sean

7:59pm Sat 10 Nov 12

John T says...

pete woodley wrote:
She obviously knows the right people,who says crime does not pay.
For once I agree with you, pete woodley, notwithstanding that we all know that bankers (and their staff) would get a suspended sentence for murder. I know how I would suspend them, this woman included!
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: She obviously knows the right people,who says crime does not pay.[/p][/quote]For once I agree with you, pete woodley, notwithstanding that we all know that bankers (and their staff) would get a suspended sentence for murder. I know how I would suspend them, this woman included! John T

8:24pm Sat 10 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

West Howe Sean wrote:
Do we get as angry about the business people that con us out of thousands by exploiting the benefits system, ie buy to let landlords and people paying such low wages that the tax payer has to step in with tax credits. Yes that's benefit fraud by the employer. Creaming off profits while we subsidise the employees that make them the money.

I'm not excusing or justifying what she did. I'm just pointing out that we are all in the same cesspit. It's just that some are cloaked in respectability and feel morally superior yet underneath it all you are all just as bad.
Thats why i have on another thread gone on about Hope Housing Charity,who apparently are letting expensive accomadation for the "needy".All it does is feed a greedy landlord find out more Sean. Biggest laugh is its supported by Martyn Underhill ,the "independent" candidate for Police Commissioner
[quote][p][bold]West Howe Sean[/bold] wrote: Do we get as angry about the business people that con us out of thousands by exploiting the benefits system, ie buy to let landlords and people paying such low wages that the tax payer has to step in with tax credits. Yes that's benefit fraud by the employer. Creaming off profits while we subsidise the employees that make them the money. I'm not excusing or justifying what she did. I'm just pointing out that we are all in the same cesspit. It's just that some are cloaked in respectability and feel morally superior yet underneath it all you are all just as bad.[/p][/quote]Thats why i have on another thread gone on about Hope Housing Charity,who apparently are letting expensive accomadation for the "needy".All it does is feed a greedy landlord find out more Sean. Biggest laugh is its supported by Martyn Underhill ,the "independent" candidate for Police Commissioner pete woodley

8:45pm Sat 10 Nov 12

slartybart says...

I'm not a part of the hang 'em and flog 'em brigade but this makes my skin crawl. If this had been a Boscombe drug addict stealing a sum like this to fund her habit she'd have received an immediate sentence of years. However, because she is of middle class stock she is cut the most unbelievable amount of slack. The impression is given that this was three moments of madness spread over ten days - yet these "moments" were strung together over a long enough period for her to have spent £14000!
This is an appalling miscarriage of justice and the prosecuting authorities should immediately appeal the undue leniency of the sentence.
I'm not a part of the hang 'em and flog 'em brigade but this makes my skin crawl. If this had been a Boscombe drug addict stealing a sum like this to fund her habit she'd have received an immediate sentence of years. However, because she is of middle class stock she is cut the most unbelievable amount of slack. The impression is given that this was three moments of madness spread over ten days - yet these "moments" were strung together over a long enough period for her to have spent £14000! This is an appalling miscarriage of justice and the prosecuting authorities should immediately appeal the undue leniency of the sentence. slartybart

8:51pm Sat 10 Nov 12

John T says...

Boscomite wrote:
Remember the name. She's got away with it once. We'll be hearing of her again.
And look out for Judge Samuel Wiggs to give a 'proportionate justice' sentence of '6 weeks suspended' to the nursing home boss who stole £2200 from her vulnerable elderly patients.
[quote][p][bold]Boscomite[/bold] wrote: Remember the name. She's got away with it once. We'll be hearing of her again.[/p][/quote]And look out for Judge Samuel Wiggs to give a 'proportionate justice' sentence of '6 weeks suspended' to the nursing home boss who stole £2200 from her vulnerable elderly patients. John T

8:57pm Sat 10 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

Yes two very lenient sentences in one week.Both where it involved crimes against the elderly.
Yes two very lenient sentences in one week.Both where it involved crimes against the elderly. pete woodley

9:34pm Sat 10 Nov 12

John T says...

Still, things will be very different if we get a Police and Crime Commissioner next week, i.e. Nick King, who, to use his own word, is 'unaware' when he gets a County Court Judgement against one of his Companies (which now, like umpteen others, has been dissolved by him).
He could teach Richard Carr a thing or two about being a successful businessman!
Still, things will be very different if we get a Police and Crime Commissioner next week, i.e. Nick King, who, to use his own word, is 'unaware' when he gets a County Court Judgement against one of his Companies (which now, like umpteen others, has been dissolved by him). He could teach Richard Carr a thing or two about being a successful businessman! John T

10:28pm Sat 10 Nov 12

hamworthygirl says...

West Howe Sean wrote:
Do we get as angry about the business people that con us out of thousands by exploiting the benefits system, ie buy to let landlords and people paying such low wages that the tax payer has to step in with tax credits. Yes that's benefit fraud by the employer. Creaming off profits while we subsidise the employees that make them the money.

I'm not excusing or justifying what she did. I'm just pointing out that we are all in the same cesspit. It's just that some are cloaked in respectability and feel morally superior yet underneath it all you are all just as bad.
Speak for yourself im 58 and never stolen or defrauded anyone in my life. I had a years of a mother ill with cancer on and off and had to cope with that at 20 and other very stressful things happen in my life. There is no excuse for stealing just because you can, i dont think its at all fair we Natwest customer have to pay.
[quote][p][bold]West Howe Sean[/bold] wrote: Do we get as angry about the business people that con us out of thousands by exploiting the benefits system, ie buy to let landlords and people paying such low wages that the tax payer has to step in with tax credits. Yes that's benefit fraud by the employer. Creaming off profits while we subsidise the employees that make them the money. I'm not excusing or justifying what she did. I'm just pointing out that we are all in the same cesspit. It's just that some are cloaked in respectability and feel morally superior yet underneath it all you are all just as bad.[/p][/quote]Speak for yourself im 58 and never stolen or defrauded anyone in my life. I had a years of a mother ill with cancer on and off and had to cope with that at 20 and other very stressful things happen in my life. There is no excuse for stealing just because you can, i dont think its at all fair we Natwest customer have to pay. hamworthygirl

10:54pm Sat 10 Nov 12

ben12341979 says...

skaramanga wrote:
The way I see it is she just got payed £10,000 for 200 hours of community service.
It's a joke to be honest
She should be made to pay back every penny she stole with interest.
Well said!
[quote][p][bold]skaramanga[/bold] wrote: The way I see it is she just got payed £10,000 for 200 hours of community service. It's a joke to be honest She should be made to pay back every penny she stole with interest.[/p][/quote]Well said! ben12341979

11:57pm Sat 10 Nov 12

muscliffman says...

Lenient maybe, but let's not forget those way above her in the banking industry that have cost the UK £Trillions but have remained completely untouched by our legal system.
Lenient maybe, but let's not forget those way above her in the banking industry that have cost the UK £Trillions but have remained completely untouched by our legal system. muscliffman

12:21am Sun 11 Nov 12

Rio23 says...

And now she has runaway to Middlesex, hoping noone will find out about her thieving ways.
And now she has runaway to Middlesex, hoping noone will find out about her thieving ways. Rio23

3:50am Sun 11 Nov 12

Meeshy says...

Is it just me or isn't it time for a certain person to be banned from this site? Or, preferably from the internet altogether?
Isn't everyone else sick of hearing his daft opinions?
Maye we should vote on it?
Is it just me or isn't it time for a certain person to be banned from this site? Or, preferably from the internet altogether? Isn't everyone else sick of hearing his daft opinions? Maye we should vote on it? Meeshy

12:29pm Sun 11 Nov 12

Capricorn 1 says...

skaramanga wrote:
The way I see it is she just got payed £10,000 for 200 hours of community service.
It's a joke to be honest
She should be made to pay back every penny she stole with interest.
I also agree with that!

£50 an hour!

Pretty good hourly rate!
[quote][p][bold]skaramanga[/bold] wrote: The way I see it is she just got payed £10,000 for 200 hours of community service. It's a joke to be honest She should be made to pay back every penny she stole with interest.[/p][/quote]I also agree with that! £50 an hour! Pretty good hourly rate! Capricorn 1

1:52pm Sun 11 Nov 12

l'anglais says...

Meeshy wrote:
Is it just me or isn't it time for a certain person to be banned from this site? Or, preferably from the internet altogether?
Isn't everyone else sick of hearing his daft opinions?
Maye we should vote on it?
Why vote on it, just use force Herr Meeshy!

After all, who, in a democracy, wants to hear other peoples opinions?
[quote][p][bold]Meeshy[/bold] wrote: Is it just me or isn't it time for a certain person to be banned from this site? Or, preferably from the internet altogether? Isn't everyone else sick of hearing his daft opinions? Maye we should vote on it?[/p][/quote]Why vote on it, just use force Herr Meeshy! After all, who, in a democracy, wants to hear other peoples opinions? l'anglais

5:13pm Sun 11 Nov 12

downmoor-ch63 says...

hamworthygirl wrote:
West Howe Sean wrote:
Do we get as angry about the business people that con us out of thousands by exploiting the benefits system, ie buy to let landlords and people paying such low wages that the tax payer has to step in with tax credits. Yes that's benefit fraud by the employer. Creaming off profits while we subsidise the employees that make them the money.

I'm not excusing or justifying what she did. I'm just pointing out that we are all in the same cesspit. It's just that some are cloaked in respectability and feel morally superior yet underneath it all you are all just as bad.
Speak for yourself im 58 and never stolen or defrauded anyone in my life. I had a years of a mother ill with cancer on and off and had to cope with that at 20 and other very stressful things happen in my life. There is no excuse for stealing just because you can, i dont think its at all fair we Natwest customer have to pay.
Do not worry hamworthygirl, we are all being creamed off by the banks, whether we are respectable people or not, and yes, I can only speak for myself, when I say that I have had stress too in my life, as well as giving stress to other people!. this is the world we live in.
[quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]West Howe Sean[/bold] wrote: Do we get as angry about the business people that con us out of thousands by exploiting the benefits system, ie buy to let landlords and people paying such low wages that the tax payer has to step in with tax credits. Yes that's benefit fraud by the employer. Creaming off profits while we subsidise the employees that make them the money. I'm not excusing or justifying what she did. I'm just pointing out that we are all in the same cesspit. It's just that some are cloaked in respectability and feel morally superior yet underneath it all you are all just as bad.[/p][/quote]Speak for yourself im 58 and never stolen or defrauded anyone in my life. I had a years of a mother ill with cancer on and off and had to cope with that at 20 and other very stressful things happen in my life. There is no excuse for stealing just because you can, i dont think its at all fair we Natwest customer have to pay.[/p][/quote]Do not worry hamworthygirl, we are all being creamed off by the banks, whether we are respectable people or not, and yes, I can only speak for myself, when I say that I have had stress too in my life, as well as giving stress to other people!. this is the world we live in. downmoor-ch63

5:26pm Sun 11 Nov 12

matt68 says...

Ya agree not bad 10k for 200 hours community service.....who says crime doesn't pay......
Ya agree not bad 10k for 200 hours community service.....who says crime doesn't pay...... matt68

9:53am Wed 14 Nov 12

large_cheese says...

Maybe it isn't her fault. She should get to go somewhere hot and swim with dolphins, poor her! This is becoming too accepted and proceeds of crime need to be returned 100%, even if it will take her 25 yrs. Then she won't think about doing it again. And if she is on benefits (don't get me started!), they are reduced until the balance is paid off!
Maybe it isn't her fault. She should get to go somewhere hot and swim with dolphins, poor her! This is becoming too accepted and proceeds of crime need to be returned 100%, even if it will take her 25 yrs. Then she won't think about doing it again. And if she is on benefits (don't get me started!), they are reduced until the balance is paid off! large_cheese

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