By Liz Frame for MailOnline what’s more, Paul Bentley for the Day by day Mail
Published: 23:07 BST, 30 Walk 2014 | Updated: 00:42 BST, 31 Walk 2014
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A hitched bank laborer who stole more than Â£2million from Barclays what’s more, misused it on whores has been imprisoned for seven years.
John Skermer, 45, set up counterfeit bank accounts with overdrafts of Â£1million, at that point siphoned the cash into his individual account.
He spent nearly all the money on call girls, pampering Â£1million on one escort alone. The PC nerd spent months wining what’s more, eating the Thai woman, known as Kookai, voyaging to London from his Cheshire home what’s more, taking her to costly inns what’s more, restaurants.
John Skermer, with his spouse Tracy, clearing out court in Runcorn. Skermer stole more than Â£2million from Barclays what’s more, spent it on prostitutes
All the while Skermer’s spouse of ten years, Tracy, 33, with whom he has two youthful sons, was in the dull about his infidelity.
He clarified evenings away from the family in Widnes by saying he was ‘working with the police’ exploring fraud.
Skermer’s position as head of an IT security group permitted him to take more than Â£2.1million from the bank undetected over five years.
But the extortion was in the end found at the point when a schedule security refresh at the bank logged the counterfeit accounts.
Bosses inquired Skermer to investigate, yet he admitted what’s more, police were called in.
Chester Crown Court heard that Skermer, who argued blameworthy to four tallies of fraud, moreover spent a few cash on extravagance hitting the fairway days, tickets to see Manchester Joined together what’s more, a Â£35,000 Audi 4×4.
Skermer paid a few of the money to Thai call young lady Auchareeya Pruankaewmanee (pictured)
He started working as a programming design for Barclays in 2008, recognizing what’s more, taking out ‘ghost’ accounts which had been made yet not dispensed to any customer.
However he at that point worked out how to change such accounts, setting them up to exchange cash into his claim account.
Investigators from the City of London police’s extortion unit found that he had paid at minimum ten unique call young ladies with the bank’s cash.
It included Â£996,999 to one Thai prostitute named Auchareeya Pruankaewmanee, 43, who was too known as Kookai.
Skermer’s spouse Tracy outside court (left) what’s more, Skermer (right), who argued blameworthy to four checks of fraud
She was based in London what’s more, he had a relationship with her for much of last year. The previous server evidently turned to escorting seven a long time prior after she split from her spouse Ryan Osborne, 38, from Barnsley.
Her previous father-in-law, Alan Osborne, 59, said last night that she was a ‘lovely’ yet ‘naive’ girl.
Skermer told the escorts he was a affluent businessman, what’s more, regularly exchanged cash from the bank specifically into their accounts for payment.
A source close to the examination told the Day by day Mail: ‘He spent time on this Thai escort, wining what’s more, feasting her, yet there were too around ten others. Mrs Skermer had no thought what was going on, she is another casualty of his scam.’
David Rose, defending, told the court that once supervisors found the apparition accounts, Skermer ‘knew the diversion was up’. He admitted what’s more, made a difference agents recover Â£722,000 of the stolen cash, what’s more, given over his car.
Sentencing Skermer last week, Mukhtar Hussain, the recorder at Chester, said it was ‘clear’ that the extortion was ‘well thought out’.
Mrs Skermer, a maths teacher, is caught on to be ‘devastated’ by her husband’s actions, which she found out about just some time recently Christmas. The conjugal home, a huge Â£400,000 four-bedroomed townhouse on a keen new estate, is up for sale.
Detective Constable Graeme Ord, from the City of London police, said: ‘Skermer has appropriately gotten a long jail sentence for this large-scale fraud. We trust this case appears the collaboration between banks what’s more, police, what’s more, acts as a obstacle to others.’
Last night Miss Pruankaewmanee could not be reached for comment.
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