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Former Lloyds Digital Security Chief Charged With Fraud

May 25, 2012

Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LLOY)’s former head of digital banking fraud and security was charged with submitting false invoices totaling 2.46 million pounds ($3.15 million), prosecutors said.

Jessica Harper “dishonestly and with the intention of making a gain for herself, abused her position as an employee” between September 2008 and December 2011, Andrew Penhale, deputy head of the Crown Prosecution Service’s Central Fraud Group, said in a statement. The CPS said she submitted invoices to claim payments “to which she was not entitled.”

“We have determined that there is a realistic prospect of conviction and a prosecution is in the public interest,” Penhale said.

Harper will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on May 31. She was charged by the Metropolitan Police Service with “one count of fraud by abuse of position,” the CPS said. Ed Petter, a Lloyds spokesman, didn’t immediately respond to a phone call seeking comment.

Harper’s lawyer, John Armstrong at Armstrong Solicitors in London, didn’t immediately respond to a call seeking comment.

To contact the reporters on this story: Ben Moshinsky in London at bmoshinsky@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net.


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