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‘Do you have any idea of the suffering you have caused?’: Ex-Post Office boss accused of ‘lying throughout’ at inquiry | Business News

‘Do you have any idea of the suffering you have caused?’: Ex-Post Office boss accused of ‘lying throughout’ at inquiry | Business News

[ad_1] A former top Post Office executive has denied lying “throughout” her two days of testimony at the inquiry into the Horizon IT scandal. Angela van den Bogerd, who held various roles over 35 years at the organisation, told the hearing that while she did miss evidence of problems with the computer software at the time, it had not been “intentional”. Her roles at the Post Office included handling complaints about the Horizon system, which was provided by Japanese firm Fujitsu. More than 700 Post Office managers were prosecuted between 1999 and 2015 after the software made it seem like money was missing from branches. At the time, the company insisted Horizon was robust. Edward Henry KC, representing some of those wrongly convicted, accused Ms van den Bogerd of telling a “blatant lie” in a September 2015 letter sent to former sub-postmaster Parmod Kalia. Mr Kalia spent three months in prison after being falsely accused of stealing £22,000 from his London branch in 2001. In the letter, the former executive said there was “no evidence …

‘I always thought Horizon was robust’, ex-Post Office investigator tells inquiry | Business News

‘I always thought Horizon was robust’, ex-Post Office investigator tells inquiry | Business News

[ad_1] A former investigator for the Post Office has told the Horizon IT inquiry he “always thought” the accounting system was “robust” but acknowledged there were issues in some cases. It was Jon Longman’s job for 12 years from 2000 to uncover crime committed by employees, including sub-postmasters, and it has since emerged that security advisers at the company were incentivised to seek prosecutions through bonuses for convictions. Mr Longman, who gave evidence to the scandal inquiry remotely for medical reasons, said media articles made him aware of a growing number of complaints about the Horizon system, operated by Fujitsu. Money latest: Reaction to latest easing in inflation He was involved in a number of high profile cases, including that of West Byfleet sub-postmistress Seema Misra who was jailed for 15 months in 2010 – a conviction that was overturned by the Court of Appeal in 2021. Mr Longman said he agreed that a proven issue with the Horizon system in a previous case should have been disclosed to her, assisting the work of her …

Ex-Post Office Chair Claims Victim Of Government Smear Campaign

Ex-Post Office Chair Claims Victim Of Government Smear Campaign

[ad_1] Henry Staunton, the ex-chairman of the Post Office, has said he is the victim of “a smear campaign” by business secretary Kemi Badenoch. Staunton has been engaged in bitter a war of words with Badenoch over his claim he was told by a senior civil servant to delay compensation payments to victims of the Horizon IT scandal. Badenoch, who sacked Staunton from his post, has rejected the accusation as “lies”. Staunton was made Post Office chairman in December 2022, but was sacked by Badenoch in January 2024 following the pubic outcry over the Horizon scandal. The minister has said one reason he was fired was that he failed to co-operate with an internal Post Office investigation into his behaviour. Speaking to MPs on the Commons business committee this afternoon, Staunton said he stands by his allegation, which he made in a Sunday Times interview two weeks ago. He said he “was left in no doubt” that Sarah Munby, then the top civil servant at the business department, had wanted him to slow down payments …

Justin Welby: church should have asked more questions about ex-Post Office boss | Post Office Horizon scandal

Justin Welby: church should have asked more questions about ex-Post Office boss | Post Office Horizon scandal

[ad_1] The Church of England failed to challenge the involvement of Paula Vennells, the former Post Office boss and an Anglican priest, in Church of England bodies in light of the Horizon scandal, the archbishop of Canterbury has admitted. In his first public comments on the matter, Justin Welby said “more questions should have been asked” about Vennells, including her position on an ethical investment committee in 2019 and 2020. “It is clear that more questions should have been asked about the appropriateness of that involvement when more had come to light about the Horizon scandal. We recognise this and will need to reflect on it,” Welby said in response to a written question to the C of E ruling body, the General Synod, which meets in London this weekend. Welby declined to confirm or deny that Vennells had been interviewed for the post of bishop of London, the third most senior figure in the C of E, saying he was bound by confidentiality. In January, the BBC reported that Welby had “pushed her application …

MPs demand to see ex-Post Office chair’s note over Horizon payouts | Post Office Horizon scandal

MPs demand to see ex-Post Office chair’s note over Horizon payouts | Post Office Horizon scandal

[ad_1] MPs investigating the Horizon scandal are demanding to see a note that a former chair of the Post Office says he sent to record his claim that he was instructed to stall on payments to wrongfully convicted post office operators. The use of powers by parliament’s business and trade committee to see the note comes amid pressure on the business secretary, Kemi Badenoch, to back up claims that the former Post Office chair Henry Staunton was under investigation for bullying when she sacked him. A war of words between Staunton and Badenoch – who launched an extended attack on him in parliament on Monday – erupted over the weekend after he gave an interview to the Sunday Times accusing the government of wanting to stall compensation payments to victims of the Horizon scandal until after the general election. On Monday night, Staunton issued a stinging riposte to Badenoch, saying he had kept a record of the alleged comment from a senior civil servant asking him to stall compensation payments to Horizon victims. A spokesperson …

Kemi Badenoch Accuses Ex-Post Office Chair Of Seeking ‘Revenge’ On Her For Sacking Him

Kemi Badenoch Accuses Ex-Post Office Chair Of Seeking ‘Revenge’ On Her For Sacking Him

[ad_1] Kemi Badenoch has accused Henry Staunton, the former Post Office chairman, of spreading “falsehoods” in order to get “revenge” on her for sacking him. In a statement to the Commons on Monday, the business secretary hit back at claims made by Staunton in the Sunday Times. He said a civil servant asked him to delay compensation payments to victims of the Horizon IT scandal to save the government money ahead of the election. Staunton also said Badenoch told him he was being removed from his job in January because someone had to “take the rap” for the affair. And he accused her of failing to apologise to him after he first found out he was losing his job from Sky News. But Badenoch denied all three allegations made by Staunton, who she removed from his job in January. She said there was “no evidence whatsoever” to back up his claim he had been asked to delay payments. “The reality is my department has done everything it can to speed up compensation payments to victims,” …

Ex-Post Office chairman was told to ‘prioritise’ compensation, says minister amid ‘lying’ row

Ex-Post Office chairman was told to ‘prioritise’ compensation, says minister amid ‘lying’ row

[ad_1] Gillian Keegan said there are “no magic answers” to reverse Tory fortunes after the double defeat in last week’s two by-elections.  Sir Jake Berry, a former chairman of the Conservative Party, wrote in the Sunday Express that the Tories are facing “a potential extinction event” at the next general election. He said Rishi Sunak should “take a step back and think again” about his approach.  Asked about Sir Jake’s comments, Mrs Keegan, the Education Secretary, told Times Radio: “We have got a plan. Obviously it has been very difficult times, it has been difficult times for the last couple of years and it is difficult times at the moment.  “We know the impacts of inflation, we know that there is a war going on in Ukraine, we know that there is obviously the conflict in the Middle East as well. So it is very, very difficult times and all of those impact us here as well. We have to stick with the plan, the plan is working.  “We are going to continue to try …

Ex-Post Office boss ‘gave Fujitsu bonus contract despite warnings’ | Post Office Horizon scandal

Ex-Post Office boss ‘gave Fujitsu bonus contract despite warnings’ | Post Office Horizon scandal

[ad_1] The former Post Office boss Paula Vennells gave Fujitsu a bonus contract in 2013 to take over an archive of branch data, despite warnings such a move would destroy evidence that might clear operators, whistleblowers have said. Transaction information was “replatformed” on cost grounds from a “gold standard” external storage system known as Centera to one owned by the Japanese software company running the Post Office’s Horizon IT network. It is understood Vennells agreed to “migrate” the archive to the Fujitsu system, known as Eternus, despite warnings from at least two senior executives in the Post Office that this would make it virtually impossible to investigate branch transactions should a forensic audit be needed into Horizon’s records. Data held on EMC Centera – a system used by HM Revenue and Customs – is immutable, meaning it could be proven that it had not been changed before any retrieval for trial. Fujitsu’s Eternus system did not offer such a level of audit integrity. When prosecuting post office operators, investigators often relied on “filtered data” to …

Ex-post office operator claims she was told British Asians were often pushed into theft | Post Office

Ex-post office operator claims she was told British Asians were often pushed into theft | Post Office

[ad_1] A former post office operator has come forward claiming she was told British Asian women were often pushed into theft as auditors urged her to confess to stealing £30,000 – a charge of which she was later cleared. Before her trial in 1997, it was allegedly suggested to Kuldeep Kaur Atwal, then 46, that her cultural background may have played a role in her criminality and that she was likely to receive a custodial sentence unless she admitted to stealing from her branch. A jury at Coventry crown court was subsequently instructed by the judge, Richard Cole, to return a not guilty verdict due to lack of evidence but the Post Office went on to demand that Atwal pay the money she had been falsely accused of taking. Atwal, a mother of three, whose husband, Gurpal Singh Atwal, was a teacher, was contractually obliged to make good on shortfalls and had to quickly sell her branch for a fraction of its market value to pay off the debt. Speaking to the Guardian, Atwal said …