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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by Gfamily » Tue Jan 09, 2024 10:28 pm

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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by Brightonian » Thu Jan 11, 2024 11:00 am

Post Office investigators allegedly got bonuses for convictions and confiscations of money: https://news.sky.com/story/post-office- ... s-13045910

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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by JQH » Thu Jan 11, 2024 11:36 am

Blackcountryboy posted a link to a discussion of this very issue a couple of pages back.
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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by jimbob » Thu Jan 11, 2024 8:20 pm

https://youtu.be/2a0b9Q7JMuc?si=Y6AEpoXAKYbF67LF

Post Office investigator (still working in a similar role in the PO) hardly covering himself with glory as he didn't seem to think that news reports on the Horizon system in a 2012 email from a colleague should have informed his investigations or allowed him to question the Horizon system.
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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by TopBadger » Thu Jan 11, 2024 9:30 pm

I saw the evidence live on TV around lunchtime. He didn't cover himself in glory, in word or attitude.

Normally - with system issues - there is an expectation that everyone is affected equally. Was that the case?

Has the system issue that cause the reporting differences actually been tracked down yet?
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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by noggins » Thu Jan 11, 2024 11:16 pm

There is no one issue, it was riddled with bugs.

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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by Rich Scopie » Fri Jan 19, 2024 11:20 am

Just watching the Post Office enquiry. They're referring to a document dated 29/02/2005.

Now, I know working with times and dates can be a bit of a bugger in code, but if Fujitsu didn't realise that 2005 didn't have a 29th of February, I'm hardly surprised that the Horizon system was riddled with bugs.
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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by jimbob » Wed Jan 24, 2024 8:03 am

https://nitter.net/TomWitherow/status/1 ... 16929?s=20
Post Office inquiry today:

I'm down at Aldwych House for the evidence of Robert Daily, the investigator in the late Peter Holmes's case.

He has admitted he "erroneously" put his wife's education achievements on his CV when he re-applied for his job in 2008.
Hope he's charged with fraud. He didn't cover himself with glory for the rest of the thread
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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by jimbob » Wed Jan 24, 2024 8:16 am

https://nitter.net/AlanRamsay10/status/ ... 53203?s=20

Same person
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So next 2 days are Robert Daily and Raymond Grant.
They searched mum & dad's house and took away all mum's jewellery, even though she didn't work for the Post Office. Kept it for 7 months, under the 'Proceeds of Crime Act', even though dad was never charged.
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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by Martin Y » Wed Jan 24, 2024 11:42 am

To be fair, investigating for evidence of unexplained wealth, or a paper trail for where the proceeds of a suspected theft might have gone is a job the investigators should have been doing. And their failing to find it ought to have been a big red flag that Fujitsu were bullshitting them.

Reading the seemingly careful wording in his email that "there is no evidence that someone has ever 'hacked in' remotely to the Horizon system". I'm reminded (though drama now rather blurs with reality) of an investigator admitting that email he sent was not his own words, but written for him.

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Post by dyqik » Wed Jan 24, 2024 12:24 pm

Martin Y wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2024 11:42 am
To be fair, investigating for evidence of unexplained wealth, or a paper trail for where the proceeds of a suspected theft might have gone is a job the investigators should have been doing. And their failing to find it ought to have been a big red flag that Fujitsu were bullshitting them.

Reading the seemingly careful wording in his email that "there is no evidence that someone has ever 'hacked in' remotely to the Horizon system". I'm reminded (though drama now rather blurs with reality) of an investigator admitting that email he sent was not his own words, but written for him.
No evidence of an external hack just means that the system didn't have a means of detecting external hacks.

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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by Martin Y » Wed Jan 24, 2024 1:54 pm

Indeed. It encourages us to infer significance; that the lack of evidence of any hacking indicated there was none, without actually claiming it. It also takes "unauthorised remote access" to mean unauthorised by POL or Fujitsu rather than unauthorised by the user, which is rather convenient wording when it's now known Fujitsu staff could tinker in live accounts without the account holder's knowledge this was even possible.

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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by Stranger Mouse » Wed Jan 24, 2024 3:25 pm

jimbob wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2024 8:16 am
https://nitter.net/AlanRamsay10/status/ ... 53203?s=20

Same person
#PostOfficeScandal
So next 2 days are Robert Daily and Raymond Grant.
They searched mum & dad's house and took away all mum's jewellery, even though she didn't work for the Post Office. Kept it for 7 months, under the 'Proceeds of Crime Act', even though dad was never charged.
Surely even under the Proceeds Of Crime Act they would need some justification for thinking that a third party’s belongings were actual proceeds of crime
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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by jimbob » Wed Jan 24, 2024 4:07 pm

Stranger Mouse wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2024 3:25 pm
jimbob wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2024 8:16 am
https://nitter.net/AlanRamsay10/status/ ... 53203?s=20

Same person
#PostOfficeScandal
So next 2 days are Robert Daily and Raymond Grant.
They searched mum & dad's house and took away all mum's jewellery, even though she didn't work for the Post Office. Kept it for 7 months, under the 'Proceeds of Crime Act', even though dad was never charged.
Surely even under the Proceeds Of Crime Act they would need some justification for thinking that a third party’s belongings were actual proceeds of crime
I would have thought so.
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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by sTeamTraen » Thu Jan 25, 2024 11:31 pm

jimbob wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2024 4:07 pm
Stranger Mouse wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2024 3:25 pm
Surely even under the Proceeds Of Crime Act they would need some justification for thinking that a third party’s belongings were actual proceeds of crime
I would have thought so.
Is a spouse really a third party, though? If you were indeed embezzling money, or importing drugs by the pallet load, and knew that you just had to put the Lambo in your wife's name to get round POCA, I think a lot of people would do that.

My understanding is that your spouse can't be called on to testify against (or perhaps even for) you, because their loyalty is assumed to be legitimately towards you regardless of what you're accused of (quite sweet, really), so surely there has to be some quid pro quo for that.
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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by jimbob » Fri Jan 26, 2024 8:16 am

sTeamTraen wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2024 11:31 pm
jimbob wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2024 4:07 pm
Stranger Mouse wrote:
Wed Jan 24, 2024 3:25 pm
Surely even under the Proceeds Of Crime Act they would need some justification for thinking that a third party’s belongings were actual proceeds of crime
I would have thought so.
Is a spouse really a third party, though? If you were indeed embezzling money, or importing drugs by the pallet load, and knew that you just had to put the Lambo in your wife's name to get round POCA, I think a lot of people would do that.

My understanding is that your spouse can't be called on to testify against (or perhaps even for) you, because their loyalty is assumed to be legitimately towards you regardless of what you're accused of (quite sweet, really), so surely there has to be some quid pro quo for that.
You still need a court order
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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by temptar » Fri Jan 26, 2024 3:36 pm

I always saw that as being typical of assuming the wife was a possession of the man against whom accusations were made. In a time when women were financially dependent on their husbands that suggested they would lie to protect.

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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by Sciolus » Fri Jan 26, 2024 8:27 pm

temptar wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2024 3:36 pm
I always saw that as being typical of assuming the wife was a possession of the man against whom accusations were made. In a time when women were financially dependent on their husbands that suggested they would lie to protect.
That's an attitude that would be consistent with the OP of this thread (racism).

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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by snoozeofreason » Wed Jan 31, 2024 9:53 pm

The scandal played out slightly differently in Scotland compared to England, because prosecutions there were handled by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, rather than the Post Office itself. The COPFS provisionally decided to halt prosecutions in 2013 but was dissuaded from that course of action by the PO, who argued ‘had been assessed by [Cartwright King, solicitors to the PO] to raise a considerable public relations storm for POL [Post Office Limited] if it were followed’.

Details here

https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/post-office-lawyers-feared-pr-storm-if-prosecutions-halted/5118514.article
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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by snoozeofreason » Sat Feb 10, 2024 11:10 am

There's a good (and short) documentary about the way the scandal unrolled in Scotland in the BBC Scotland "Disclosure" programme.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001w5w7/disclosure-scotlands-post-office-scandal


The fact that the PO could not conduct its own prosecutions in Scotland doesn't seem to have been as much of a safeguard as one might have hoped. The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service didn't definitively stop prosecuting until 2015 and then didn't look into previous convictions, which it knew might be unsafe, until after Alan Bates victory in the English and Welsh civil court in 2019.
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Re: Post office Horizon scandal just got worse

Post by jimbob » Fri Feb 23, 2024 11:14 am

Check out this thread at Thread Reader App. https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1760 ... =topunroll

Impact on a postmaster who got out when she kept reporting shortfalls of £320 including when in the presence of a trainer.

And was told by the helpline that the money would be back, which it was, so the trainer knew that there was backdoor access to her accounts.
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