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: False accounting
- Jurisdiction: England & Wales
- County: Durham
- Gender: M
- Offence convicted of: False accounting
- Year of initial conviction: 2004
- Year conviction was overturned: 2022
- Post Office Case: Y
- Crown argued case at CofA: N
- Retrial: N