Thomas Price KC and Richard Butcher, under the instruction of David Hanman from Cobleys Solicitors Ltd, successfully defended our client against charges of £80 million postal fraud – resulting in a two-year suspended sentence.

We thank Cobleys Solicitors Ltd for their instruction.

Over more than a decade, the perpetrators of the fraud made millions of pounds by manipulating spreadsheets on the Royal Mail self-declaration system that large mailing firms used at the time.

Narinder Sandhu owns the company at the centre of the scam, Packpost International Ltd, based in Aylesbury.

Sandhu, from Beaconsfield, had pleaded guilty before a trial that began in the summer of last year and ended abruptly after others admitted their guilt.

His luxury lifestyle has generated numerous tabloid headlines, and the fraudsters’ actions have been described by the Daily Mail as the biggest postal scam ever.

The fraud began in 2005, while the charges related to 2008-2017.

At Southwark Crown Court last Thursday (8 February), Judge Philip Bartle KC jailed Sandhu for four years.

His brother Parmjeet Sandhu, the director and owner of Tiger International Logistics Ltd and Worldwide Transport Express Ltd in Slough, pleaded guilty to obtaining services dishonestly.

Parmjeet Sandhu is from Iver. He was given a 24-month prison sentence suspended for two years and told he must complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

From Bournemouth, a director of Unique Logistic Solutions Ltd, James Mooney, admitted conspiracy to commit fraud.

He was given a 21-month sentence, suspended for two years.

At the sentencing, Judge Bartle said: “The Royal Mail operated a self-declaration system for large customers. These three defendants used this weakness to persistently under-declare mail for almost a decade.

“I accept that in the case of these defendants, they are genuinely remorseful. I have no doubt they are genuinely remorseful, shown in their willingness to make not only compensation but very substantial compensation.”

The amount of compensation was not disclosed. Royal Mail had not commented at the time of writing.