South West Wales

Sub-postmistress Lorraine Johnson's plea change over stolen cash

A 54-year-old former sub-postmistress has admitted acquiring or using £131,000 of stolen money.

Lorraine Johnson, of Llandybie, Carmarthenshire, had been due to stand trial at Swansea Crown Court but changed her plea after previously denying the offence.

Her husband, Anthony Johnson, 63, has already admitted stealing the money and forgery.

They are both due to be sentenced at a later date.

The former Ammanford sub-postmistress admitted acquiring or using £130,976 between November 2005 and November 2007, knowing or suspecting it had been stolen.

Her husband admitted stealing the money from Chelliah Yoganathan, who runs a care home in Llanelli.

He has also admitted an offence of using the money, and three offences of forging cheque stubs.

A proceeds of crime investigation is under way in an attempt to recover some of the cash.

The outcome of the investigation should be known by mid May.