A ROYAL Mail worker who claimed more than £40,000 though false overtime claims has been jailed for a year.
22-year-old Mandish Kaur had made arrangements to fly out to India this week but was told she would serve 12 months for her dishonesty.
She has made the false overtime claims at the Beeston office of Royal Mail between December 2004 and November 2006 and was eventually sacked by her bosses in April this year.
Sentencing Kaur, Nottingham court judge Philip Head accused her of not taking the charges against her seriously.
“The fact that you have made arrangements to go to India and get married after you were exposed indicates to me that you simply do not understand how serious what you have done is,” he said.
Nottingham Crown Court was told Kaur began falsely filling in overtime forms in December 2004.
She was challenged by her bosses in November 2006 and denied the accusations. But just days later she began to fill out the forms again.
She was eventually sacked in April, and wept as she was handed a 12 month sentence.
A spokesperson for Royal Mail said: “Royal Mail has changed its procedures for claiming overtime and it was as a result of these changes that this fraud came to light. We have a zero-tolerance approach to any dishonesty and that stance is shared by the overwhelming majority of postmen and women”.