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Wednesday 09 January 2013 Updated: 09/01 11:26
A COUNDON woman who stole almost £20,000 from Jubilee Crescent post office after taking it over claims she did so under pressure from her predecessor, a judge has heard.
Tajinder Sahota of Guardhouse Road, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to the theft in June last year.
The 28-year-old also admitted a charge of false accounting by falsifying documents by showing cash was there when it was not.
Sahota had told police she used the money for various reasons including giving £3,000 to former sub-postmaster Sukraj Johal, from whom she bought the business in November 2011.
But in a pre-sentence report and a letter to the court she now claims all the money went to Mr Johal who asked her to take money from the post office to show as a deposit for her purchase of the business and that it would be returned to her, but was not.
Judge Sylvia Bertodano adjourned sentencing for a trial of issue in March.
She told Sahota: "You have said something in your letter and to the probation service about why you took the money. That is something which has to be investigated."
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