A former head of fraud and security for digital banking at Lloyds Banking Group has been charged in connection with a £2.5 million fraud.
Andrew Penhale, from the Crown Prosecution Services’ central fraud group, commented:
“The charge relates to an allegation that between 1 September 2008 and 21 December 2011, Jessica Harper dishonestly and with the intention of making a gain for herself, abused her position as an employee of Lloyds Banking Group, in which she was expected to safeguard the financial interests of Lloyds Banking Group, by submitting false invoices to claim payments totalling £2,463,750.88, to which she was not entitled.
"This decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is a realistic prospect of conviction and a prosecution is in the public interest."
Lloyds Banking Group will not comment on the charge as the proceedings are ongoing.