NHS still paid man for 2½ years after he had left.

Posted: November 14, 2012 in British jobs for British workers, Law & Disorder, NHS WATCH
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A man who was mistakenly paid a salary long after he left his NHS job and did not report it has been sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and 200 hours of unpaid work. He has also agreed to sign over part of his NHS pension to repay the full loss to the NHS of £31,205.

IlieStephen Collins, 51, of Weir Close, Buckden, St Neots, pleaded guilty to one offence of Theft of a Chose in Action. Collins was incorrectly paid the money by Cwm Taf Health Board (CTHB) over more than two and a half years. He worked for the health body as a GP Out of Hours Call Handler in Williamstown, Rhondda Cynon Taf, until November 2008, but continued to receive a full salary until August 2011.

The loss was discovered when data generated by the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), showed Collins to be a ‘full time employee’ of both the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) and CTHB at the same time.

The case was referred to the NHS Counter Fraud Service (CFS) Wales in October 2011 and he was arrested at his home in Nottingham.

The overpayments began due to an administrative error: the form for terminating salary payments was not completed on the Health Board’s electronic payroll system. However; Collins did not do anything to prevent further payments.

Collins paid £7,369.05 of the overpayments to the Child Support Agency (CSA), using the rest to pay debts and for general living expenses.

Cheryl Hill, Counter Fraud Specialist, NHS Counter Fraud Service Wales, said today: “Initially a mistake was made by Cwm Taf Health Board, but Collins made no attempt to inform the health body that he was still being paid. He knowingly exploited this for over two years. NHS Counter Fraud Service Wales follows up all reports of fraud against the NHS in Wales and strives to protect NHS funds from abuse.”

Five arrested following UKBA raids in Romford and Canary Wharf.

UK Border Agency officers visited Best Food Manufacturers on Freshwater Road, Chadwell Heath, around 12:50 on Wednesday 7th November and Wahaca on Canada Square, Canary Wharf, around 22:30 on Friday 9th November.
Four Indian men aged between 21 and 50 were arrested at Best Food Manufacturers. Three aged 22, 40 and 50 had over-stayed visas while a 21-year-old was found to have entered the country illegally. A 32-year-old Brazilian man who had over-stayed his visa was arrested at Wahaca.
The Indians aged 40 and 50 and the Brazilian are currently in immigration detention. The other two have been granted immigration bail so they can have it away on their toes!

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