A Lloyds bank manager has today (Monday 13 June) denied abusing his position to fraudulently obtain tens of thousands of pounds.
Shahaab Hussain, 33, is accused of dishonestly taking £74,000 from accounts while manager at the bank's branch in Ilford, east London, between February 4 and 5, 2020.
Hussain, along with Mohammad Zeb, 38, is also accused of transferring the criminal property by means of bank account transfers and conspiring with others to defraud Lloyds bank from 23 January 2020.
Judge Alistair Milne said: "I am satisfied the three-count indictment sets out the charges before the defendants.
"The trial is now fixed for April 24 next year. Between now and then, your lawyers will be doing a lot of preparation work and you must help them."
Both Hussain and Zeb were released on bail, on condition that Zeb's British and Pakistani passports are held at his local police station and he maintains a permanent residence till trial.
Hussain, of Romford, denies fraud, transferring criminal property and conspiracy to defraud.
Zeb, of Ilford, denies transferring criminal property and conspiracy to defraud.
They were bailed ahead of their trial, which has been fixed for April 24, 2023, at Southwark Crown Court.
Eddie Beaver for Central News