Scotland court orders NRI woman to pay £1 for theft, to deport

An Indian-origin former bank worker, who siphoned off GBP 120,000 from her client, was ordered by a Scotland court to pay back a token one pound and be deported.

PTI| Last Updated: Jan 30, 2015, 16:03 PM IST

London: An Indian-origin former bank worker, who siphoned off GBP 120,000 from her client, was ordered by a Scotland court to pay back a token one pound and be deported.

31-year-old Satnam Kaur of Glasgow, an ex-customer advisor who worked with the Royal Bank of Scotland in Aberdeen city, took USD 180,780 and transferred the amount back to home in India in 2011.

Last year, Kaur, who is currently awaiting deportation, was jailed for one year after being found guilty.

The court has now heard that the Crown Office and Indian authorities failed to find any money after a lengthy investigation.

Kaur's solicitor Mike Allan confirmed that his client was to be deported and is currently being held at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedford, east England, waiting to be flown to India.

A Crown Office spokesman said that when an accused has no available assets at the time a confiscation case is settled, a nominal order for 1 pound is made against them.

"This measure ensures that the Crown can confiscate any assets traced in the future, up to the total amount they made from their criminal activity. It can in effect be a financial life sentence, ensuring those who benefited from crime in the past cannot accrue any assets until the money they made is repaid," spokesman said.