A Nigerian nursing student who used forged identity papers to secure NHS jobs and an NHS-sponsored university place has received only a six month suspended jail sentence after being investigated by NHS Protect (Inner London Crown Court, Wednesday 19 October).
No wonder fraud is so commonplace, shed loads of money and no jail sentence.
Mojisola Madandola, 44, of Vicarage Road, Stratford, London, did not have leave to remain in the UK or the right to work. She produced two different forged passports to obtain NHS employment with what is now NHS Outer North East London (formerly Havering Primary Care Trust), and nurse training at London South Bank University (LSBU), funded by NHS London.
Under the employer-sponsored scheme, Madandola continued to receive her salary while studying. She was paid £95,498.80 gross from April 2005 to March 2011, while her tuition fees cost NHS London a further £20,722.50.
She faced five charges in relation to false applications to the NHS Trust and LSBU, the production of two forged passports and the possession of a blank counterfeit birth certificate. She pleaded guilty to three counts and the court left two to remain on file.
Madandola began working for the NHS in February 2002 as a healthcare assistant. To support her application she produced a Nigerian passport bearing a purported Home Office stamp which granted her indefinite leave to remain in the UK. The passport also bore a Heathrow immigration officer’s stamp, dated August 1997. Both stamps were found to be false by the NHS Protect investigation.
In her application to LSBU, Madandola stated that she was Nigerian and had been granted indefinite leave to remain. She produced a second passport bearing an indefinite leave visa. Investigators checked it with the UK Border Agency and it was confirmed to be false, with a serial number belonging to a genuine document issued to another person in 1994.
Madandola had made an application back in 2003 for indefinite leave to remain in the UK as the spouse of a settled person, which was refused in 2006, a decision upheld after she appealed.
She was arrested by police, accompanied by NHS Protect investigators, on a work placement shift at Whipps Cross Hospital, London. A search of her home uncovered various documents including the blank, counterfeit UK birth certificate.
On 8 July 2011 she was summarily dismissed by NHS Outer North East London.
To report any incident of suspected fraud in the NHS, call the Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line on 0800 028 40 60 or report online at http://www.reportnhsfraud.nhs.uk
Taxpayers ripped off yet again
Gormless government officials paid more than £3.2m to an aid agency which has ceased operations in the Afghan capital amid fraud allegations.
Documents show officials were aware of problems in 2009 but still threw good taxpayers’ money after bad by continuing to pay the German agency until April 2011.
AGEF was contracted to help resettle failed asylum seekers sent back to Kabul and also to train local people.
An iron gate topped with barbed wire on a street in Kabul hides what, until April this year, were the offices of AGEF. The aid organisation is now being investigated by the attorney general in Berlin over allegations of fraud.
The German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development is also trying to recover funds from AGEF: picture shows AGEF in Berlin.
Between 2005 and April 2011 it was also contracted by the UK government to provide training and advice to failed asylum seekers removed from the UK and returned to Afghanistan. But why were we paying £millions for that when failed asylum seekers were removed from Britain so they wouldn’t be a financial burden on UK taxpayers.
AGEF, which Home Office figures show received more than £3.2m from the taxpayer, claims to have assisted more than 3,000 Afghans in that time.
But an investigation has uncovered documents which show there were problems in the organisation more than two years ago.
Apparently an invoice sent from AGEF to the British authorities in March 2009 requested payment for placing people into employment over the previous 12 months and included a list of names. But at least one man on the list was actually a senior police officer who had been in the job for years. It has been said by a whistle blower that the majority of those on the list could not have been placed in their jobs.
It’s all very well the western world celebrating the demise of Colonel Gaddaffi but most African governments are controlled on a tribal basis and when a government gets taken over it usually means pay back time for the tribe that is now in power. Colonel Gaddaffi, who according to biographies belonged to a small tribe of Arabs the Qadhadhfa, ousted King ldris of the Senussi tribe subsequently marrying a woman from the royal Barqa tribe.
So you can expect as sure as ‘eggs is eggs’ that the ‘killing sands of Libya’ will soon be a phrase bandied about by the media.
Meanwhile get ready for 1,000s of Libyans heading to Britain seeking asylum seeing how Tony Blair is their best mate.