Dentist Joyce Trail, 50, filed more than 7,000 invoices for work never done including fitting false teeth on patients who were actually dead.
Trail was convicted of conspiracy to defraud yesterday at the end of a five-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Judge Peter Carr remanded the dentist in custody and warned her she faces a ‘substantial’ jail term when she returns to court for sentencing next month.
Apparently investigators ‘smelt a rat’ after trawling through files at her surgery in Handsworth, Birmingham. As part of a random check, officials from the NHS Business Services Authority contacted one of Trail’s supposed patients at his care home and discovered he was a private patient who had not used an NHS dentist.
Realising the fake invoice could be the tip of the iceberg, they widened the investigation and Trail, from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, was eventually arrested.
She had doubled and tripled-claimed for people that she had actually treated and then she used patient details which had been quite unwittingly supplied to her by nursing homes to claim for people that she had never even met.
Widow kept benefit payments after husband died
A widow stole more than £50,000 by continuing to ‘sky rocket’ (pocket) her husband’s benefit payments for nearly three years after his death.
Part-time carer Monica Owusu, 50, received £1,895 every month into their joint account but did not tell the council her husband had died. Owusu was sentenced to thirty weeks in prison, suspended for twelve months, and ordered to complete 80 hours community service. She was also told to repay the money after pleading guilty to stealing £52,122 from the London Borough of Croydon between September 1st, 2007 and May 18th, 2010. Owusu, of Oval Road, Croydon, agreed to repay the council at the rate of £150 per month, but stopped after nine payments. The family home, which she inherited from her late husband, will now be sold to repay the debt.
Removal company bosses diddled MoD
Two former removal company bosses defrauded the Ministry of Defence out of £2.1m by overcharging for storing soldiers’ belongings, a court heard yesterday (Weds). Frederick Baxter, 63, and son Gerald Baxter, 35, allegedly carried out a ‘systematic’ scam on the government department over four-and-a-half years. It is claimed they dishonestly inflated storage space figures to pocket the extra money during their time at the helm of Baxters International Removals Ltd.
Another Olympic security cock-up
Sprinter Adam Gemili received his Olympic accreditation with someone else’s picture on. It is not the first time either, the same incorrect photograph was circulated to broadcasters before the mistake was highlighted. It even appeared briefly on the BBC’s website. Who is that man?
Sham marriage foiled
A groom who was intending on getting married is in immigration detention after he was arrested by the UK Border Agency shortly before his planned wedding in Llandudno.
UK Border Agency officers went to Llandudno Register Office, Lloyd Street, on 30th July after receiving information that an immigration offender from Egypt was planning to get married there. Arriving before the 15:00 wedding, officers stopped the ceremony from going ahead and arrested the 22-year-old groom.
Immigration checks revealed he was an Egyptian national who had stayed in the UK illegally after his visa expired. The man was taken to St Asaph police station and later transferred to immigration detention where he remains pending his removal from the UK.
Five people have been detained after they were caught working illegally in the same Bridge of Don restaurant where the UK Border Agency previously found 8 illegal workers in March.
Officers from the UK Border Agency targeted the Spice Mill in Grandholm Village, Aberdeenshire, at 17:00 on Thursday 26th July. After the immigration status of staff was checked, five Bangladeshi men were found working illegally. They are currently in detention, pending their removal from the UK. Such a blatant disregard for our laws surely should warrant the owners getting a prison sentence.