A GP practice manager who defrauded her employer of £150,000 by inflating her own salary and falsifying overtime payments has been sentenced to 18 months in prison following an investigation supported by NHS Protect. (Manchester Crown Court, Friday 26th April).
Alison Westley, 62, of East Avenue, Burnage, Manchester, worked for a total of 12 years as a practice manager. She was employed first at the Archwood Medical Practice, Woodley, Manchester and then at Woodley Health Centre, Hyde Road, following a merger.
Her new colleagues discovered a number of financial irregularities. Further investigations revealed that Westley had been consistently paying herself an inflated salary and overtime payments, as well as drawing cheques made payable to herself from practice accounts.
Westley created large numbers of fictitious invoices, purportedly for the supply of goods and services, including drug supplies, to the practice. At the peak of her offending, she diverted up to £3,000 a week from practice funds. Supported by NHS Protect and Stockport PCT, Greater Manchester Police conducted a full financial investigation, which concluded that Westley’s offences had cost the practice £150,000.
She was arrested in September 2012 and pleaded guilty in March 2013 to seven offences of False Representation, contrary to section two of the Fraud Act 2006.
More illegals caught
Five Bangladeshi illegal workers have been arrested following simultaneous raids on two restaurants in Godalming, Surrey.
Home Office immigration enforcement officers visited the Thani Moon and Mogul Spices restaurants on Bridge Street at around 18:30 on Thursday 25th April 2013, where they carried out immigration checks on staff working there.
At the Thani Moon three men were arrested. Two, aged 23 and 33, were found to have over-stayed their visas, while a 32-year-old man was found to have entered the UK illegally.
At Mogul Spices two men, aged 22 and 36, were both found to have over-stayed their visas.
All five were detained pending their removal from the UK.