Jasvinder Barang was one of a group of former sub-postmasters and post-mistresses who were convicted of offences including theft, false accounting, and fraud, based on information from a computer system called Horizon which suggested that money had gone missing from post-office branch accounts. The basis of each of the prosecutions in these cases was that money missing from the branch account had been a result of theft by the sub-postmaster or mistress, or had been covered up by fraud or false accounting by the sub-postmaster or mistress.
In an investigative interview in 2012, Ms Barang stated that she had accepted transaction corrections, which was a Post Office method of correcting a discrepancy, which resulted in cash shortages. She made reference to problems with Horizon.
On the 3rd September 2021, Ms Barang pleaded guilty to fraud. She received a sentence of four weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months with a supervision order as an attached condition.
Ms Barang’s conviction was quashed when errors in the Horizon system were identified as the cause of the shortfall.
Following her acquittal Ms Barang stated: “It’s the worst thing, to be found guilty for something that you haven’t done. I am a law-abiding citizen and that’s the way I want to spend the rest of my life. Today is just absolutely wonderful – it’s made me feel very happy.” [Source: Post Office Trial Website].
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- Offence: Theft / fraud
- Jurisdiction: England & Wales
- County: Greater London
- Ethnicity: Asian
- Gender: F
- Offence convicted of: Fraud
- Year of initial conviction: 2012
- Year conviction was overturned: 2021
- CCRC Referral: Y
- Post Office Case: Y
- Crown argued case at CofA: N
- Retrial: N