S Yorks building society manager jailed

Jailed: Denise Salter
Jailed: Denise Salter
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A South Yorkshire building society manager who took more than a quarter of a million pounds from her family and friends has been jailed for four years.

Mother-of-two Denise Salter, 57, of Lidgett Lane, Pilley, Barnsley, withdrew large sums from the accounts of people she knew, South Yorkshire Police said.

But she did not use it to fund an extravagant lifestyle, instead using the cash to help her sons, detectives said following the hearing at Sheffield Crown Court.

The force said following a complaint from a customer in October 2012, Yorkshire Building Society’s fraud team uncovered a number of suspicious transactions which were reported to South Yorkshire Police’s Economic Crime Unit, whose staff began a criminal investigation.

The accounts involved belonged to close relatives and other people who had considered themselves to be friends of Salter, police said.

She was arrested in December and was later charged with 12 offences of theft, fraud and forgery spanning from 1993 to 2012.

Salter pleaded guilty to the offences at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court last month.

As she was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today, Judge Paul Watson QC said Salter had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

But he said her offending spanned 19 years and she had committed some offences while employed as manager at Yorkshire Building Society’s Sheffield branch, which was a position of trust.

Jailing Salter for four years, Judge Watson also ordered her to pay £2,200 in compensation to one of her victims.

Other victims have been compensated by her former employer, South Yorkshire Police said.

After the hearing, Detective Sergeant Karl Saxton, from the force’s Economic Crime Team, said: “We are satisfied that the conviction reflects the offending.

“Our enquiries identified that Salter used a substantial amount of money to help her sons, who had accumulated debts, and not to fund an extravagant lifestyle.

“Things escalated from there, leading to the betrayal of trust of her friends and family.”

South Yorkshire Police said it is not seeking a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act as there are no available assets in this case.

Salter does, however, have a pension fund and the building society is taking steps to recover the money it used to compensate victims, police said.