Banker gave free cash to family facing tough times

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A BANK worker who felt sorry for a hard up family transferred nearly £143,000 into their accounts.

Scott Rutter, 32, was the personal banking manager to the Parsons family when he was based at Lloyds Bank branches in Hemel Hempstead, Dunstable, Luton and Edgware.

Over two and a half years he made bogus interest payments amounting to £142,964, St Albans Crown Court heard on Friday.

Prosecutor David Chrimes said Rutter had made 382 different transactions.

After he was sacked in February 2009 he even gave them money from his own personal account. The theft came to light last year and when he was arrested Rutter made a ‘full and frank admission.’

“He said he suffered from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and that he had felt sorry for the family. What is most unusual about this case is that there is no evidence that he gained a penny for himself,” said the prosecutor.

He said Rutter had little contact with the family out of the bank, but had attended the 50th birthday party of one of them.

Rutter, of Compton Terrace, Leeds, pleaded guilty to theft. He had no previous convictions.

Recorder Francis Laird QC passed a 12 month sentence suspended for two years. He must carry out 300 hours’ unpaid work – the maximum term – within the next year. He must also abide by an electronic curfew at his home between 9pm and 6am for the next four months.

The Recorder told him: “I am just persuaded to pass a merciful sentence. You have been extremely fortunate today. Do not let me down.”