Would-be fraudster set to be sentenced

A man who tried to obtain over £61,000 by fraud at four branches of the Royal Bank of Scotland – including nearly £16,000 at Hawick – has been remanded in custody for reports.

Forty-three-year-old Tadjudeen Abiola, described as a prisoner in Edinburgh, appeared on indictment at Jedburgh Sheriff Court last Friday and admitted four charges of attempting to obtain money by fraud.

On April 16, Abiola, also known as Oloyede Atunwa, pretended to a bank employee at the High Street branch that a cheque for £15,900 was authorised to be paid into another account. He instructed the bank to carry out the transfer and placed a pay-in slip and cheque into the Quick Deposit facility,knowing there were no funds in the account.

Abiola then attempted to obtain £14,800 at the High Street branch in Jedburgh in a similar way, and went through the same process to try to obtain £15,900 at an RBS branch in Galashiels and £14,800 at the St Dunstans branch in Melrose by fraud.

He is due to be sentenced on October 19.