More arrests in Barclays KVM scam

News by Tony Morbin

A further three men have been arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit and charged over the £1.3million KVM (keyboard video mouse) cyber theft at the Barclays Finchley Road, London, branch in April.

One of the men, Duane Jean-Jaque, 24, from South Hampstead, is a former Barclays employee. The other two are Adam Jefferson, 38, from Milton Keynes; and Lanre Mullins-Abudu, 25, of no fixed abode. 

An unnamed source alleged that one of the gang, who managed to get into the bank by pretending to be a maintenance engineer, had said he'd forgotten his password in order to gain access to the branch computers where he allegedly connected the KVM switch to gain remote access to multiple computers and to customer accounts.

These three join four men already arrested and charged on September 21 and now due to appear in Southwark Crown Court on December 13. Michael Harper, 26, an estate agent of Kiln Place, Gospel Oak, and Lewis Murphy, 39, of Ebury Bridge Road, Victoria, were both charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation. Romanian national Darius Bolder, 34, also of Ebury Bridge Road, is accused with conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to steal, and Tony Colston-Hayter, 47, of Seymour Street, Marble Arch, is charged with conspiracy to steal.

At the time of this latter group's arrest, Detective Superintendent Terry Wilson told the BBC that they had caught a crime world ‘Mr Big', but did not identify to which of the arrested he was referring. Both Ebury Bridge and Marble Arch are expensive areas of London with average property prices of £1m and more than £2m respectively.

A further four men arrested in relation to the same theft are on bail until late November pending further enquiries. Barclays reports that it has recovered much of the stolen funds.

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