A REDDITCH man appeared at the town’s magistrates court of Monday, February 25, charged with six counts of theft and fraud involving amounts totalling more than £752,000.

Benjamin Osman Sookia, aged 26, of Oakenshaw, is accused of three charges of thefts by employee, totalling £187,155, and three charges of fraud by abuse of position, totalling a further £565,000.

He was alleged to have committed the offences when he was a counter support officer working for Lloyds Banking Group at the Halifax Branch in Evesham Walk, Redditch.

The sums are alleged to have been taken from a central, non-customer account, over a period between Septemer 1, 2011 and July 11, 2012.

Following his appearance before magistrates, Mr Sookia was committed for trial at crown court, beginning on Monday, March 25. He was granted unconditional bail.