Post office owner stole £20,000, court told

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."

Regional news »


Rugby Observer
Court hears of shocking neglect of children

THE ONLY neat and tidy place at the home of ...

Solihull Observer
Mum's support wins a surprise Beacon award

A ‘WONDERFUL and amazing’ mother has been handed a top ...

Leamington Observer
Car smashes into tree injuring three near Southam

THREE people were rushed to hospital after the car they ...

Redditch Standard
Charity receive anonymous donation

AN ANONYMOUS donation of £10,000 is set to help a ...