Nalini Joshi

Year conviction was overturned:
2022

Nalini Joshi 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. However, the accounts of a branch post office did not in fact reflect missing cash or stock but was a result of a bug within the Horizon system which caused errors or defects.

Ms Joshi had pleaded guilty to four counts of false accounting, and had been sentenced to a community punishment order consisting of 120 hours of unpaid work, costs of £1163.25, and compensation to the Post Office of £6191.88. Her conviction was quashed based on evidence indicating that the Horizon computer system was faulty, and responsible for incorrectly flagging shortfalls in accounts.

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  • Offence: False accounting
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: Cambridgeshire 
  • Ethnicity: Asian
  • Gender: Female
  • Offence convicted of: False accounting
  • Year of initial conviction: 2001
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2022
  • CCRC Referral: Y
  • Post Office Case: Y
  • Crown argued case at CofA: N
  • Retrial: N