Four men have been jailed today (27 April) after a post office fraud worth over £700,000.
Manish Parmar, 34, of Wilton Road, Southampton and his family ran the post office within Goldsmiths (Best One) newsagent’s in Rumbridge Street, Totton. Parmar was postmaster from 2011 to 2014.
Although the post office closed in December 2014, Parmar continued to use his knowledge as the former postmaster and one of the post office branch stamps to perpetrate the fraud.
Parmar “recruited” 11 other people to let him use their bank paying in slips from 2015 until early 2016.
The slips were posted and processed as if the post office was still trading. A total of £701,835 was paid fraudulently into the bank accounts of Parmar and the others.
Parmar was found guilty on 15 February 2018 of fraud and two counts of money laundering. He was sentenced today at Southampton Crown Court to six years and six months in prison.
Police Staff Investigator Jess Swift said:
“My thanks go to everyone who was been involved in this long and complex investigation.
“We are delighted to have brought those responsible to justice and this should serve as a warning to anyone who might think that fraud pays – it doesn’t.”