Fraudster jailed for targeting Wokingham building societyBy Jon Nurse
December 28, 2012
A fraudster will spend four years in prison after trying to con more than £45,000 from a Wokingham building society.
Glynn Salmon, 60, from Knights Hill, London, was slammed for not doing an honest day’s work in four decades as he was sentenced at Reading Crown Court on Friday, December 21.
Salmon pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by false representation and was sentenced to three and a half years in prison, with a further six months for breaching a suspended sentence.
When sentencing Salmon, His Honour Judge Ross said that Salmon was a “professional criminal with a dreadful record who himself admitted to probation that he hadn’t done an honest day’s work since he was 20 years old and has clearly lived off the proceeds of crime all his life".
On August 18, Salmon went into a branch of Newbury Building Society in Alton, Hampshire, and presented false documents to take a new account passbook in the name of the real account holder.
Four days later, Salmon went into the Wokingham branch of the Newbury Building Society and withdrew £300 in cash before arranging for £46,000 to be transferred to the account of a luxury car retailer.
Building Society staff identified a possible fraud later that day and reported the incident to police.
Thames Valley Police, working in partnership with officers from the City of London Police’s Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit (DCPCU), identified Salmon from CCTV footage and he was arrested on September 14.
Investigating Officer, PC Kieran O’Shea, said: “I am extremely happy with this sentence and think it goes a long way to show how seriously Thames Valley Police take fraud of this kind.
“This sends out a strong message that the Thames Valley is a hostile place for organised fraudsters to operate, and those who choose to come here to offend will caught and dealt with by the courts. My thanks must go to the City of London’s DCPCU who played an instrumental part in identifying Salmon.”