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For six years Christopher Pancoust, 48, from Northampton evaded prosecution on conspiracy charges in the UK by fleeing to Thailand after working with two employees of the Kingsthorpe branch of Lloyds TSB. The trio worked together in a scheme to alter withdrawal limits and make illegal transfers to siphon off the life savings of a pensioner while he was on vacation in the USA. Pancoust received stolen money into his bank account that was then divided up between himself and the two bank employees.
However during his time in the Kingdom he told the Northampton Crown Court that he had found a different religious outlook on life that enabled him to return to the UK to face his conspiracy charges and jail time.
Pancoust, who said he had started to feel guilty about stealing the money returned to the UK and told officers at Heathrow airport that there was a warrant out for his arres. However no such warrant existed. After making contact several times with the police he was eventually arrested.
The court heard that Pancoust had no available assets to repay the money, he was sentenced to two years in jail for conspiracy to steal ninety six thousand pounds, he is likely to serve half his sentence before being released on licence.