DWP Prosecutions Relating to Post Office Branch Shortfalls

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

The CCRC announced today the names of 4 individuals whose cases it is referring to appeal as a result of evidence which came to light during the Post Office Horizon Litigation.

One of these cases involves a prosecution originally brought about by the Department of Work and Pensions against a Roger Allen who pleaded guilty to theft at Norwich Crown Court on 7th April 2004 and was sentenced to to six months’ imprisonment.

Please can you provide records of the total number of people who have been prosecuted by DWP in relation to alleged shortfalls in Post Office branch accounts since 1999 including in Scotland? Please can you indicate how many of these resulted in convictions and how many, if any, resulted in custodial sentences.

Please can you provide records to indicate how many of these cases are being re-examined in the light of the Post Office Horizon Judgements of 2018-2019?

Many thanks,
Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Shaikh

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Dear Eleanor Shaikh,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 20th
January.

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Thank you for your response of 8th February to my FOI request 2021 04805.

As suggested, I am narrowing my request to fall within the prescribed cost limit.

Please can you disclose how many sub-postmasters were prosecuted by the DWP between 1999 and 2012?

Many Thanks,

Yours sincerely,
Eleanor Shaikh

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Dear Eleanor Shaikh,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 9th
February.

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Thankyou for your response of 23rd February to my FOI 2021/10696; as suggested, I am further narrowing my request to fall within the prescribed cost limit.

Please can you disclose how many sub-postmasters were prosecuted by the DWP between 2000 and 2005?

This is not specific to Horizon-related prosecutions so I trust it will be substantively simpler than my original FOI 2021/04805.

Many thanks,
Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Shaikh

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Dear Eleanor Shaikh,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 23rd
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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Thankyou for your reply of 5th March 2021 regarding FOI 2021/10696. Following your advice I am further refining my request:

Please can you disclose, from the archive list of the department’s Financial Investigation Unit only, how many cases among those referred for proceeds of crime related action can be identified as involving staff of post office branches in the year 2001?

I understand that due to the nature of the FIU records and the fact that the defining features do not include Horizon to categorise cases, those cases you can identify from this list may not represent the totality of post office cases involving proceeds of crime related action.

I am not seeking to know how many post office cases there were in 2001 but how many can be identified as post office-related from the 2001 FIU records.

To clarify, my question is not specific to Horizon nor necessarily prosecutions, although for continuity I am submitting this request in sequence from FOI 2021/04805.

Yours sincerely,

Eleanor Shaikh

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