A Herne Bay man who defrauded the post office and a customer of more than £5,000 has been found guilty at court.

A Herne Bay man who defrauded the post office and a customer of more than £5,000 has been found guilty at court.

Richard Arnold, 53 of The Downings in Herne Bay pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing, but was found guilty of theft by employee and fraud by abuse of position at Thanet Magistrates Court on Tuesday 14 November.

Officers were alerted after the victim noticed unusual withdrawals from his bank account, stating that he usually withdraws £200 every week from the Rough Common post office.  But when he noticed on his bank statements that there had been further withdrawals of between £250 and £500, totalling £950, he alerted police.

When Arnold was arrested in March 2017 further investigation revealed the post office safe was found to have £4,503.24 missing. 

 

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Jeff Brunger said: “Arnold abused his position when he was left in charge of running the post office.  He showed a flagrant disregard for the trust and responsibility placed in him not only by the post office manager but by the customer who also became a victim of his.”

 

Arnold will be sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court at a later date.