A Paddock mum of three has been ordered to pay £2,000 compensation after she allowed her bank account to be used as part of a scam.
Liliana Kocaj-Szuba was convicted by a jury at Leeds Crown court of conspiracy to convert criminal property after the victim lost £10,000 as a result of the plot.
David Bradshaw prosecuting told the trial the complainant got a phone call in May 2014 from a different unknown woman claiming to be calling from Visa. She suggested someone had used the victim’s bank card to buy computer goods online and was told a new temporary account would be opened for her.
That woman gave her the details of that account and told her to transfer her money into it and as a result she moved £10,000.
The next day the victim received another call suggesting she needed to move money again but she became suspicious and raised the alarm.
The court heard the money went through Kocaj-Szuba’s bank account and she took out cash.
Alasdair Campbell, representing her, said the mother of three did not work and the family did not have savings with benefits supplementing her husband’s earnings from a part time-job.
Kocaj-Szuba, 32, of Larch Road, was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and told to pay back the money at £20 a week.