A banker who stole £250,000 to fund his wife’s ‘expensive tastes’ was jailed for 18 months yesterday.
Andrew Barr logged in to Barclays’ system from his home and processed 100 unauthorised transactions of £2,500.
The 32-year-old took only weeks to transfer the cash into accounts belonging to him and his wife.
Andrew Marr, 32, stole £250,000 from Barclays in 100 unauthorised transactions to fund his wife’s expensive tastes so she wouldn’t leave him
Barr, then living in Renfrew, worked as a private client manager, dealing with their accounts for Barclays, and made payments on their behalf.
At Paisley Sheriff Court last month he pleaded guilty to embezzlement.
His defence lawyer pleaded for Barr to be kept out of jail, claiming he feared that if he had not kept up with his wife Laura Jane’s expensive tastes then she would leave him.
But the court heard she had since walked out and Sheriff David Pender jailed Barr for 18 months, reduced from two years as he had admitted his guilt.
The sheriff said: ‘You are a well-educated professional person from a good family.
Marr pleaded guilty to embezzlement and received a reduced sentenced of 18 months
‘You found yourself in a very good job with a position of responsibility and a position of trust. You abused that trust.
‘You had a very good kind of lifestyle you really couldn’t afford.
‘There is no way of dealing with this matter other than by a period of imprisonment.’
The court was told Barclays Bank Investigations Team became aware of an internal fraud. It emerged Barr had transferred the sums to accounts in his name and that of his 34-year-old wife.
Barr, of Glasgow, had worked for the bank since January 2007 and was originally charged with stealing almost £500,000.
He pleaded guilty to taking £250,000 and, the court heard, the bank recovered the majority, with around £45,000 unaccounted for.
Sentence had been deferred for background reports and Barr returned to the dock yesterday to learn his fate.
Defence solicitor Gordon Ritchie said Barr had taken the money to try to appease his wife by ensuring ‘she had money to spend on what he describes as ‘quite expensive tastes’.’
Barr, from Glasgow, worked as a private client manager for Barclays which allowed him to access accounts from home (stock)
The lawyer added: ‘They enjoyed a certain lifestyle and a certain standard of living.
‘He thought that if he was not able to provide that standard of living for her, she would leave him. He took full control of the family finances and was able to hide from her the extent of the finances.’
The lawyer said Barr’s fears were true as his wife did leave him after learning about their money troubles and the court case.