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Savings Bank Accounts (Forgeries)

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 6 June 1945

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asked the Postmaster-General in respect of Post Office Savings Bank accounts, how many prosecutions have taken place in the last 12 months for forgery; whether such offences are on the increase; and what losses have been sustained by the depositors.

The number of prosecutions during the 12months ended 31st December, 1944, for forgery in respect of Post Office Savings Bank accounts was 951. Compared with the previous year there was a decrease of approximately one-third in the number of offences of this nature. In every case where a prosecution occurs the money fraudulently withdrawn by a person other than the depositor is replaced in the account and the depositor suffers no loss.