Men charged after Barclays theft

23rd September 2013

Two men have been charged in connection with the theft of £1.3m from Barclays Bank, committed online.

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Darius Bolder of Chelsea and Tony Colston-Hayter of Ilminster were charged with conspiracy to steal from the bank, but did not enter a plea.

According to Police, the money was transferred by from the bank's Swiss Cottage branch in April.

The men appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court and have been remanded in custody until they appear at Southwark Crown Court on 3rd October. Bolder is also accused of conspiring to commit fraud by false representation alongside two other men – Lewis Murphy from Chelsea, and Michael Harper of north-west London. Both of these defendants are charged with credit card fraud linked with Selfridges.

Four more men arrested in connection with the theft have been released on bail.

According to Barclays, a significant amount of the money stolen has been recovered and no losses have been suffered by its customers.

The charges come shortly after a failed attempt to transfer money from a London branch of another bank, Santander.

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