30/09/2010

Bank Thieves Face Charges

Police investigating the theft from online bank accounts have charged ten people with conspiracy to defraud and laundering money.

The charges follow the arrest of 19 people across the south east.

Over the past three months, the Met Police Central e-Crime Unit were investigating £6m worth of theft from online accounts.

Between 13 October 2009 and 28 September 2010, Lloyds TSB, HSBC, Barclays Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland were allegedly targeted.

Those charged, originally from eastern Europe, used software to access bank log-in details.

They are due before Westminster Magistrates' Court later.

Ten people have been charged with conspiracy to defraud, eight of them will face the further charge of money laundering.

An eleventh person has been charged with offences under the Identity Cards Act 2005.

Six men and three women arrested as part of the investigation have been bailed until next month.

(BMcN/KMcA)

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