A healthcare assistant, who told pork pies (lies) about his right to work in the UK in order to secure NHS employment, has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, following a fraud investigation by NHS Protect. (Kingston Crown Court, Thursday 21st February.)
Ajani first arrived in the UK in December 2004, and applied to UKBA for leave to remain under the false Ajayi identity, which was refused. So how come he wasn’t shipped out straightaway? He then made separate applications as Ajani, using a different date of birth. In December 2010, he was granted a temporary residence permit under the name Simon Ajani, on the basis that he was married to a woman from the Czech Republic. A sham marriage too?
Simon Olufemi Ajani, 56, of Trundley’s Terrace, Deptford, London, produced a false passport and Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode in the UK, which enabled him to obtain work with patients in NHS trusts across London. He fraudulently earned £128,383.61 from February 2006 to January 2013.
He worked using the name ‘Ajayi’ or ‘Ajani’ at East London NHS Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and other London Trusts through NHS Professionals, the agency which supplies temporary staff to the NHS. His fraud was first uncovered through a data-matching exercise that highlighted inconsistencies in records held by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) against NHS payroll records.
The so called healthcare assistant, born Peter Ajani, obtained a passport under the assumed identity of Simon Ajayi, which contained the false Certificate of Entitlement. All applicants for NHS employment are required to produce original proof of their identity and right to work in the UK. What happened to the good old British ‘jobsworth’ person who would have ‘sussed’ out his dodgy paperwork from day one? I suppose the problem could be NHS staff who are here illegally are checking proof of identity of other foreigners who shouldn’t be in the UK either.
Evidence obtained by NHS Protect revealed that the biodata page within the Simon Ajayi passport was counterfeit, and no records existed of any Certificate of Entitlement being granted to a Simon Ajayi.
From June 2011, Ajani dropped the Ajayi name in favour of his true identity, Peter Ajani, and again successfully applied for NHS employment. Despite now using his genuine identity, Ajani’s later application was also fraudulent because he had invented a fictitious employment history and supplied a bogus reference. Once his employment was secured, he changed his first name from Peter to Simon. Confused, well I am.
No wonder the elderly in our hospitals are dying of poor care when unqualified people are employed to look after them.