Fraud gang 'emptied Emeli Sande's account of £300,000 after Barclays cashier gave them her details and bank card'

  • Gang allegedly used 'inside man' at Barclays bank to drain accounts of cash
  • Among the victims were popstar Emili Sande and her ex-husband, court told
  • Prosecutors say fraudsters got victims personal details before making transfers

Popstar Emeli Sande was among the victims of a Barclays bank fraud gang, a court heard. Alleged 'inside man' Rasad Salam (right) is on trial for fraud by abuse of position


Popstar Emili Sande and her ex-husband were the victims of a £300,000 bank scam, it emerged today.

Alleged fraudster Rasad Salam has gone on trial in London accused of being the inside man for a team of criminals who raided Barclays bank accounts.

His trial heard today that Ms Sande and her ex-husband Adam Gouraguine were targeted by the fraudsters, who used Mr Gouraguine's personal details to transfer £290,000 out of their account.

The bank stopped the bank transfer and another attempted withdrawal on the same day, the court heard.

Mr Gouraguine spotted unusual activity and contacted the bank, who recovered the sum, a jury was told.

The alleged crime took place a year after the couple split, but they were still sharing a joint bank account, London's Evening Standard reported.

An earlier hearing was told Salam's gang attempted to spirit money from ten separate accounts for a total of around £350,000.

His other victims allegedly lost between £35,000 and £500.

Salam, of Forest Gate, south-east London, denies 13 counts of fraud by abuse of position. The trial continues.


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