Thieving bank boss jailed for £17k theft

JAILED: Daniel Brazier.
JAILED: Daniel Brazier.

The manager of a Hadleigh bank branch who stole £17,000 from accounts belonging to elderly customers, has been jailed.

Daniel Brazier, 25, had been in charge at Santander in Market Place when he helped himself to money from three accounts, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Brazier, of The Street, Capel St Mary, had been introduced to “high living” with drinking and cocaine use, which led to large debts.

Jailing him for 12 months, Mr Recorder Jonathan Seely said: “This is a very high degree of breach of trust. You were already branch manager when you committed these offences.

“The public are entitled to expect standards of high integrity from those looking after their money in a bank.”

Brazier had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three offences of fraud by abuse of position between November 2012 and February last year.

Prosecutor Martin Ivory said Brazier had accumulated debts of £10,000 and took money from three accounts to help him pay off those loans.

Initially, Brazier had denied any knowledge of the thefts and told police that another member of staff could have used his password to gain access to the money.

Later, he admitted that he was responsible for taking £500 on 26 occasions from one couple’s account and the same sum six more times from another account.

Brazier resigned from his £20,000-a-year post before it was realised the money was missing, the court heard.

In mitigation, Craig Marchant said his client had not deliberately targeted the accounts of elderly customers.

All the money had been reimbursed by the bank to the customers affected.