'Inside Man Helped £1m Barclays Bank Fraud'
Fraudsters stole more than £1m from a Barclays bank branch after fitting a remote control gadget to a worker's computer, a court has heard.
The keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) device was attached to a computer at the Swiss Cottage premises with the help of "inside man" Duane Jean-Jacques, London's Southwark Crown Court was told.
On April 5 last year, 128 transfers using Jean-Jacques' staff login were made totalling £1.25m, it is alleged.
Some £700,000 of that money has yet to be recovered.
The transactions, each for less than £10,000, took mere seconds, the court heard.
Six high-value accounts at the branch in north London were targeted.
Mr Jean-Jacques was not present at the computer at the time, which the prosecution says was controlled from afar using an internet connection.
KVM devices are small devices that can be attached to computers. The KVM in this instance allegedly had a router attached with a data sim card that allowed remote access to the bank's computers.
The prosecution says connections were made with the device from a remote location using a Three internet dongle.
Prosecutor Simon Farrell QC said: "Once you've gained access, the criminals are able to access the mainframe of the bank's accounts to transfer funds to other or new accounts."
When police searched defendant Lanre Mullins-Abudu's home in Putney as part of their investigation they found a paper note in his toilet cistern with a "crib sheet" of people's compromised personal banking data.
Detectives also found a KVM switch with a mobile router attached at his home.
The prosecution outlined how other men allegedly linked to Mullins-Abudu attempted to buy Rolex watches worth tens of thousands of pounds using compromised credit cards.
Jean-Jacques and Mullins-Abudu deny conspiring to steal from Barclays. They are on trial with three other men who are accused in relation to other fraud and theft-related offences.
Mr Farrell had earlier opened the prosecution's case by saying the gang of five had carried out a "sophisticated and organised attack on the banking system".
He added that when one of the men's addresses was searched, police found an "Aladdin's cave full of banking documents and electrical equipment for use in fraud on a massive scale".
The prosecution also described how another high street bank was targeted on September 12, 2013.
A man - not one of the five currently on trial - allegedly entered the Santander bank branch in Surrey Quays, Rotherhithe, London.
He claimed to be an engineer from BT OpenReach, and asked for access to a restricted area of the branch.
He was initially refused, but eventually made it to the secure area where a device was used to compromise the computer systems.
When police gained entry to the office being used as a "control centre" by the gang in west London, it is alleged Abadu was sat at a screen making a connection to the bank in an attempt to "hit" the branch.
The jury heard that bank account details were showing on the screen when police entered the room.
Mullins-Abudu, 25, of Putney, southwest London, also denies charges of fraud and possession of articles for use in fraud.
He and Akash Vaghela, 27, of Hounslow, west London, deny conspiring to steal credit balances from Santander Bank using a keyboard video monitoring device on September 12, 2013.
Jean-Jacques, 25, of northwest London, also denies a charge of concealing criminal property.
Steven Hannah, 52, of Marylebone, northwest London, and Lewis Murphy, 39, of Chelsea, southwest London, deny conspiracy to commit fraud using credit cards on or before September 19 last year.
The trial continues.
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