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Dilbaagh Singh-Derewal and Gurpal Singh were jailed after attempting to recruit bank staff and commit attempted fraud worth £200,000.

A crooked bank worker and his accomplice have been jailed for trying to rope RBS colleagues into a £200,000 fraud scam.

The duo were jailed after attempting to recruit bank staff they played football with into the plot.

Dilbaagh Singh-Derewal, 24 of Acocks Green, pleaded guilty to bribery and was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.

Gurpal Singh, 37, of Kingswood Road, Moseley, was found guilty of bribery and was sentenced to three years and two months in prison. 

Singh-Derewal, an ex-employee of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), and Gurpal Singh, approached several RBS bank staff members in February 2017.

The pair had met them playing football, and approached them asking them to take part in an attempted fraud.

The staff reported the attempted fraud to their line manager and the case was then referred to the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit (DCPCU), a police unit sponsored by the cards and banking industry that targets fraudsters.

The two fraudsters asked the staff members to transfer funds worth £200,000 from a high-value account belonging to the bank, in exchange for a cut of the money.

It’s understood the fraudsters then sent text messages to the staff members proposing this could be a weekly arrangement, meaning the total losses from the attempted fraud could have been significantly higher.

Det Con Martin Godsave, who investigated the case for the DCPCU, said: “These fraudsters attempted to recruit staff members to take part in a high-value fraud.

“Fortunately, the staff did the right thing by reporting the incident to their line manager who then alerted the police.

“Thanks to their actions, these criminals were caught and brought to justice while thousands of pounds worth of fraud was prevented.”