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Barclays Bank manager siphoned off cash for daughter

A bank manager who siphoned more than £17,000 into her debt-ridden daughter's bank account has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Janet Wylde, 56, from Dagenham, east London, took the money from two bank accounts belonging to a Mr Jackson, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Wylde was sentenced to 51 weeks' imprisonment for two counts of fraud.

But judge Michael Howard QC suspended it for two years after hearing it was unlikely she would reoffend.

Wylde must also do 200 hours' community service.

The court heard her daughter was in serious debt and had moved in with Wylde after her home was repossessed.

Wylde, who worked at Barclays, then wired her the money.

'Unimpeachable character'

Judge Howard QC said: "You have let your family and yourself down and there is no doubt in my mind that it requires that I pass a sentence for imprisonment."

But, explaining the decision to suspend the sentence, he said: "You are a woman of unimpeachable character.

"You and your daughter got into serious financial trouble and you were thrashing around trying to get out of that, and this led you to commit the offence."

Mitigating, defence lawyer Matthew Butt said: "The offending is totally out of character.

"She has worked all her life, rising to the role of bank manager and has managed to bring up her daughter alone."

Wylde has lost her job as a result of the case.

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