Richard Ormerod

Year conviction was overturned:
2022

Richard Ormerod 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 Ormerod had pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation, and had been sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 of costs. His 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: Theft / fraud
  • Jurisdiction: England & Wales
  • County: Durham 
  • Gender: Male
  • Offence convicted of: Fraud by false representation
  • Year of initial conviction: 2004
  • Year conviction was overturned: 2022
  • Post Office Case: Y
  • Crown argued case at CofA: N
  • Retrial: N