A fraudster who stole money from the account of a man who shared his name, has been jailed for nine months following a swift investigation by Essex Police.
Richard Harrison, 45, of Berberis Walk, Colchester, pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by false representation when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court.
Harrison walked into the Colchester High Street branch of Natwest on December 4 last year and withdrew £200.
Using the same bank details Harrison returned to the bank later that same day and withdrew £500 before he returned again on December 8 and withdrew a further £500. The bank were made aware when the account s real holder contacted them to report money being unlawfully withdrawn from his account. Natwest staff carried out a swift investigation and managed to identify Richard Harrison as the man responsible before contacting Essex Police.
Essex Police launched an investigation and, on December 9, officers arrested Harrison when he returned to the bank on a fourth occasion.
Harrison was charged with three counts of fraud by false representation and was handed down a nine-month jail term after admitting all of the offences.
Investigating officer PC Joe Daunt of the Colchester Community Policing Team said: “Harrison knew he didn’t have sufficient funds to withdraw this amount of money yet he returned not once but three times to fraudulently take cash that was not his.
“He could have made bank staff aware that he suspected a mistake had been made, but instead he continued to be dishonest.
“We are thankful to the staff at Natwest who assisted in this investigation and worked with us to catch Harrison so swiftly.