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Bonn bank manager plays Robin Hood for overdrawn customers

DPA/The Local · 24 Nov 2009, 10:09

Published: 24 Nov 2009 10:09 GMT+01:00

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The 62-year-old woman, who played the role of a pencil-pushing Robin Hood from 2003 to 2005, faces up to four years in jail for misappropriating some €7.6 million to aid skint customers in danger of overdrawing their accounts.

Hoping only to give the bank’s poorer clients a bit of breathing room, the woman managed to return €6.5 million to the proper accounts, but some were so far overdrawn it was impossible to wire €1.1 million back.

Though she never skimmed anything off for herself, the woman was convicted of 117 cases of embezzlement and received 22 months on parole, her lawyer Thomas Ohm said on Monday evening.

According to Ohm, the former bank manger is now penniless herself after having her small pension partially seized to cover some of the bank’s damages.

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“She has to live off the bare minimum,” Ohm said, adding that he and his client agreed the verdict was “completely correct” for the offence. “It’s appropriate for the circumstances. That’s why we’ve opted against legal recourse.”

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11:34 November 24, 2009 by berlinski
How often do banks overcharge customers and get away with it? One of the biggest crimes in Banking is how them manage to keep money for some days after it has been transferred to another account. The person who transfers it doesn't have it and the person who is receiving it doesn't have it. In this time, both accounts could be overdrawn and being charged money whilst the bank is using this money in "Limbo" to make money. Why aren't the banks charged with embezzlement? In this day and age with online banking, there is no reason for the administration delay.
09:04 November 25, 2009 by moistvelvet
Agreed the story isn't really about Frau Hood, but how the banks rob their customers everyday as you say. Although if it were my bank account she had skimmed then I would be annoyed, but perhaps no more annoyed than when a cash machine failed to hand out 50 euro but still deducted it from my account, the bank said it had "photographic evidence" of me standing in front of the machine at the time, which isn't proof of me receiving the money - The bank refused to cough up.
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