DWP Prosecutions Relating to Alleged Shortfalls in Post Office Branch Accounts

Eleanor Shaikh made this Freedom of Information request to Criminal Cases Review Commission

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Dear Criminal Cases Review Commission,

On 20th January 2021 the CCRC announced four further cases it is referring to appeal in the light of evidence which surfaced during Post Office Limited’s Horizon Trial at the High Court. One of the four was a prosecution originally brought by the DWP culminating in a six month custodial sentence.

Please can you reveal the total number of cases you are currently investigating, or are intending to investigate, which were brought by the DWP over alleged shortfalls in Post Office branch accounts 1999-2012?

Many Thanks,
Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Shaikh

Eleanor Shaikh

Dear Criminal Cases Review Commission,

Please can you update me on the progress of my FOI request of 9th March 2021 regarding the number of prosecutions you are currently reviewing which have been brought by the DWP against Post Office staff and which may have relied on evidence from Post Office’s Horizon IT system?

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Shaikh

DPO, Criminal Cases Review Commission

Dear Ms Shaikh

Please accept our sincere apologies for the delay in responding to you.

For clarity, I note that your request for information is subsequent to the CCRC's press release dated 12 January 2021, relating to Post Office Horizon cases being referred for Appeal. The following information therefore does not include cases which have been concluded.

I can confirm that the CCRC is currently reviewing one Post Office Horizon case which was prosecuted by the DWP.

I hope this information is of assistance to you.

Kind regards

Information Team

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