Man who stole thousands from Ely branch of Barclays bank to fund gambling addiction is jailed

08:30 20 February 2014

Joshua Bridgeman

Joshua Bridgeman

Archant

A former Ely City footballer has been jailed after helping himself to £176,000 in cash over a five-year period, while working at a bank, to fund his gambling addiction.

Ely's Josh BridgemanEly's Josh Bridgeman

Joshua Bridgeman created a number of fictitious transfers to move money around the Barclays systems, before creaming off the surplus cash.

The 28-year-old, assistant manager at the bank’s Ely branch, would even offer to work Saturdays knowing he would have access to handle cash.

He plundered £176,000 between 2007 and 2012 and was pocketing up to £6,000 a month when he was caught through an internal investigation in March 2012.

He started taking money while working at Barclays’ St Neots branch.

Bridgeman was charged with theft but claimed to have not taken a penny. He admitted falsifying documents but said he did so in an effort to get to the bottom of an error he had discovered.

However, Bridgeman, of Lee Close, Cottenham, was convicted following a trial Cambridge Crown Court on Tuesday. He was jailed for three years.

Det Con Sharon Garrett, from the economic crime unit, said: “Bridgeman knew the systems inside out having worked for the bank since leaving school and was able to use that knowledge to steal the money and stay under the bank’s radar.

“He stole a huge amount of money and the sentence shows how seriously such a breach of trust is taken by the courts.”

0 comments

More news stories

Yesterday, 10:59
Charity trustee Alan Sharkey with the empty defibrillator box. Picture: STEVE WILLIAMS

Thieves have stolen a community defibrillator from outside the home of a charity founder.

Yesterday, 10:23
Please help find Goochie the blind and deaf dog

Two search parties - one setting off at 6am and one at 9am - will be trying to find a blind and deaf dog after his owner believes he was stolen.

Yesterday, 09:43
City Road car park in March.

No car parking charges can be introduced in Fenland’s market town car parks until a comprehensive spending review is carried out, which councillors are confident would prove they are not a good idea, it was agreed at Fenland District Council last night.

Yesterday, 15:45
Althea Waites standing underneath her flag outside the House of Commons.

Primary school pupil Althea Waites is flying high after her flag design won a competition – and it is now flapping outside the House of Commons.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Cambs Times e-edition today E-edition