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NHS fraudster jailed

Posted: August 4, 2014 in Law & Disorder, NHS WATCH
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A former head of financial accounting at an NHS Trust in East Sussex who defrauded the NHS of £2.2 million has been sentenced to 5 years and 4 months imprisonment.

Trevor Barry Cosson, 38, of Hastings, East Sussex, pleaded guilty to offences under the Fraud Act (2006) and Proceeds of Crime Act (2002) to defraud Hastings and Rother Primary Care Trust (PCT) and East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT of £2.2 million. He used the money to buy an extensive portfolio of eleven properties in East Sussex and London.
_76603820_76603456The fraud was discovered after a restructure of the PCTs that Trevor Cosson previously worked for. The PCTs were disbanded and a new organisation was created – Sussex and Surrey Commissioning Support Unit – which had responsibility for financial matters. An end of year audit carried out by the new body revealed suspicious payments of hundreds of thousands of pounds. The matter was then referred to NHS Protect for investigation, who gathered evidence of further fraudulent activities by Cosson.

Cosson manipulated the internal payments systems of both of the PCTs he worked for. Standing orders were set up in the name of regular suppliers but the payments were actually credited to bank accounts controlled by Cosson. Between 2008 and 2011 Cosson authorised £810,000 worth of standing order payments, and £1.4m worth of payments between 2011 and 2012 via an internal payments system.

A dentist who stole over £47,000 from the NHS was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment following an investigation carried out by NHS Counter Fraud Service (Wales) with the support of NHS Protect. (Cardiff Crown Court, 20th December 2013.)
_71886629_71886628Jochemus Hermanus Venter practised at J H Venter, Times Building, South Crescent, Llandrindod Wells, under an NHS contract with Powys Local Health Board. He submitted over 200 false payment claims for NHS dental and orthodontic treatments between 2006 and 2010.

Venter pleaded guilty to eight offences of False Accounting, contrary to Section 17 of the Theft Act 1968 with a further 147 similar offences taken into consideration. Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, Venter has been ordered to pay £47,947.43 and he is required to pay another £30,000 for investigation and legal costs.

Concerns about the dentist’s claims were first raised in June 2010. The investigation uncovered fictitious treatments, multiple claims for single courses of NHS dental treatment, and claims for expensive treatment requiring laboratory work such as crowns, when the patient had received cheaper treatments such as fillings.

Venter made a number of false claims for expensive orthodontic treatment costing the NHS over £1,200 per claim. In reality all he did for each of these was provide a child’s gum shield for playing rugby – for which he had already charged a private fee of around £35.

In Ireland

Immigration officers visited the Masala Hut restaurant on Main Street, Moira, Craigavon at 19:00 last Friday (13th December) and nabbed two Bangladeshi men, aged 25 and 32, who had overstayed their visas and were working illegally.

Earlier on Friday, at 17:00, the officers visited Jays Takeaway on Kingsway Dunmurry. A 25-year-old Pakistani man who had overstayed his visa was found in a bedroom above the premises and arrested. All three men are now in immigration detention while steps are taken to remove them from the country.

In Blackpool

A man from Algeria was arrested just moments before he was due to take part in a suspected ‘sham’ marriage in Blackpool. Immigration officers attended Blackpool Register Office, Festival House, Lord Street shortly before 10:00 on Monday 16th December.
Just before the ceremony was due to begin, officers intervened and the 45-year-old man, who had been living on the Promenade in Blackpool, was arrested after checks revealed he was in the country illegally.
His bogus ‘trouble and strife’ (wife) was a 51-year-old British woman, who was interviewed by officers and later released. How come she was let off when she has aided and abetted a crime. The ‘groom’ has been detained pending his removal from the UK.

In ‘sweaty sock’ land.

Six immigration offenders have been caught following an operation in North Ayrshire, Scotland.
On the evening of 17th December 2013, in a joint operation with Police Scotland, officers visited business premises in Kilwinning and Saltcoats carrying out immigration checks on those present.
At The Keystores, Gargarin Terrace, Kilwinning, a 34-year-old Indian man who was in the country illegally was arrested.

singkingLater at Singh is King takeaway, Old Raise Road, Saltcoats, officers found three Indian men, aged 24, 25 and 27, who had overstayed their visas and were working illegally. All were arrested.
Two Indian men, aged 24 and 33, who legged it from the building when the officers arrived, were later found in premises nearby and arrested.
The 24-year-old had overstayed his visa and the 33-year-old was in the country illegally.
Five of the men, one from Keystores, two from Singh is King and the two arrested in nearby premises are currently in detention while steps are taken to remove them from the country.
The 25-year-old man arrested at Singh is King was temporarily released so he could disappear forever.

A Warwickshire gang that attempted to defraud NHS Trusts by invoicing them for adverts in non-existent publications has been jailed for a total of 18½ years following an investigation by Warwickshire Police and NHS Protect.
Dean Haer (28), Momonu Ajibade (31), Lee McColl (27), Warwick Kirkwood (29), and Sharon Downes (35) – all of Leamington Spa – were found guilty of conspiracy to defraud at Birmingham Crown Court on 27th June 2013. Kulbinder Rai (34) will be sentenced at a later date. The gang attempted to defraud public bodies of £1.8m, of which £478K was attempted fraud against the NHS.

Sentences dished out: Dean HAER (5½ years), Momunu AJIBADE (5½ years), Lee MCCOLL (2½ years), Warwick KIRKWOOD (2½ years) and Sharon DOWNES (2½ years) were all found guilty of conspiracy to defraud in relation to the mis-selling of advertising. What’s with the fixation on halves?

jg34WKSEe5b6tIzBUCmFbzEWp4fThe gang operated by contacting NHS Trusts who were advertising vacancies in health magazines and journals. Gang members would pose as employees of bogus publications, which had names similar to genuine publications, and attempt to obtain signed orders reproducing the adverts in their own publications. Forms that requested a signature to approve the advert’s content were faxed to NHS Trusts – but these were in fact booking forms. Once signed and returned, NHS Trusts would receive an invoice demanding payment. How come NHS bureaucrats didn’t read the small print and spot the ‘bumf’ were booking forms. The bogus publications included titles such as ’Best Medical Jobs’, ‘Hospital Sector Jobs’ and ’Nursing Tomorrow’.

NHS Protect received information on these activities and so alerted NHS Trusts to the threat posed by the gang and issued fraud prevention ‘toolkits’ to local counter fraud specialists; this played a significant part in preventing thousands of pounds worth of fraud. NHS Protect investigators were then able to piece together the extent of the gang’s activities, the value of the fraud and the number of NHS Trusts targeted.

NHS Protect obtained over 100 witness statements from NHS Trusts across the country that had been contacted by the gang. These statements covered more than 200 attempts by the gang to try and defraud NHS Trusts by false representation. This evidence was passed to Warwickshire Police who then charged the defendants with conspiracy to defraud in relation to the mis-selling of advertising.

To report any incident of suspected fraud in the NHS, please get on the ‘dog and bone ‘phone’ and call the Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line on 0800 028 40 60 or report online at http://www.reportnhsfraud.nhs.uk

NHS recruits thousands of doctors from Third World countries while limits on places deny British students chance to study medicine which means our straight-A students are being given the elbow from medical degrees. Apparently the Health Service is hiring one third of its doctors from 143 different nations.

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If it’s not bad enough foreigners taking our jobs the number claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance is on the increase too

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If Israel can chuck out foreigners why can’t we?

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Syria

I’m ready if it all kicks off and we start lobbing million pound a pop cruise missiles into Syria. I got Mrs ‘W’ to stockpile my Liquorice Root supply, it’s a cure for all ills and ‘snake oil’ is hard to come by these days.

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3-st-youngjunsuhDodgy Brixton dentist Young Jun Suh has been ordered to pay £104,232.89 in compensation to the NHS within 6 months or face a second two year jail sentence.
Following an investigation by NHS Protect, Suh received a two year jail sentence in January last year for inventing patients in order to claim back £109,000 for their ‘treatment’ from the NHS. He was erased from the GDC’s register on 15th December 2011. ‘Erased’, sounds like something Daleks would do.
Young Jun Suh, 43, of Montaigne Close, Belgravia, London, pleaded guilty to fraud and theft totalling £109,000. He had submitted false claims to NHS Dental Services and deceived NHS patients into being treated and charged privately.

Of the hundreds of Suh’s payment claims analysed by NHS Protect investigators, around half raised doubts. Pencil notes on the cards, made by Suh, signified dubious claims.
Most of the signatures on patient forms appeared to be from real patients, but did not always match the name on the record card. Many forms had been altered using correcting fluid, disguising original details such as name and date of birth. On one card, the genuine surname ‘Raptopoulous’ had been altered to ‘Laptopooloo’.

On some occasions, Suh had been asked to supply NHS Dental Services with patient record cards to support his claims for payment, but what he provided was very limited and appeared to have been rewritten. In December 2004, when he was asked to provide additional record cards for further analysis, he produced only three cards, claiming his practice in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, had recently been flooded and many cards had been destroyed. At that time, he was ordered to repay £30,075.06.
The issue of ghost patients came to light in 2005 via a phone call to NHS Protect’s Fraud and Corruption Reporting Line. A member of the public had received a patient questionnaire addressed to a woman they had never heard of. Nor had they heard of Mr Suh. The name proved to be the first of many ‘ghost patients’ registered at Suh’s practice. Well done that person, they ought to get an OBE instead of some Cameron crony.

Suh was arrested in May 2007, when 15,000 patient record cards were seized in searches of his home and practice. Further discrepancies were discovered when a number of his patients were examined by NHS Protect’s expert dentist in October 2008.

gretnaEight men from Pakistan and India were arrested during an operation by officers moments before six sham wedding ceremonies were due to take place at Gretna registration office on Thursday (18th July).
Acting on information that the weddings may not be genuine, immigration officers attended the registration office. They arrested the eight men, aged between 27 and 40, all of whom were in the UK illegally. They included five would be grooms and three guests who were due to attend the ceremonies. They had all travelled to Gretna from areas in England, including Bradford, Manchester, Southall, Blackburn and Wolverhampton.
Six of the men have been detained pending their removal from the UK, while the remaining two must report regularly unless they decide to ‘Scapa Flow’ (go) never to be see again or until an illegal person amnesty is called.
The intended brides from the Czech Republic, Romania and the UK were interviewed and released. Can you Adam and Eve that, aiding and abetting a crime and no charges. What a win win situation get a couple of thousand for marrying a person you’ll never see again or set free to have another go some other time, welcome to the lunatic asylum called Britain.

Illegal workers caught
stop_thiefThree immigration offenders from Pakistan have been arrested following a raid on a shop in Feltham. Officers visited Shop n Save, Staines Road, on Monday 22nd July where workers were questioned to check if they had the right to be in the UK. Arrested were two men, aged 24 and 60, who were both found to have overstayed their visas. The 60-year-old tried to escape when officers approached the shop but was stopped following a short foot pursuit. Doesn’t that expression conjure up a ‘hue and cry’ through the streets, oh the good old days.

Pay to see doctor.
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That’s a sentence of death for thousands of our hard up old people, Toff/Tories do say the old are a burden on the country.

A nurse held on to her job for more than two years despite making a catalogue of “incredible” errors while working on Lothian hospital wards.
Affiong Patrick Antiah, who was employed as a staff nurse at Liberton Hospital and the Royal Victoria Hospital, gave a drug to the wrong patient and drew up a dose of a heart slowing drug that was too high, with potentially fatal consequences, within two months of starting her induction with NHS Lothian.
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She went on to make dozens of major mistakes and displayed a lack of knowledge of even the basics of medication and patient care. They included potentially causing asphyxiation by going to administer drugs orally to a “nil by mouth” patient, incorrectly assembling an oxygen mask and not giving epilepsy medication to a patient.
She also incorrectly advised a patient that folic acid was an iron tablet, was not aware amoxycillin contains penicillin and blacked out records on a medication sheet – a legal document – after making a mistake.

But instead of getting the ‘tin tack’ (sack) by NHS Lothian, the nurse, who held a band five post which now attracts pay of up to £27,900 per year, was repeatedly asked to write “reflective pieces” after making the dangerous mishaps, was sent on workshops and was offered the “intensive support” and supervision of more senior staff, while continuing to be allowed to administer drugs.

It took five capability meetings before Ms Antiah was finally dismissed by health bosses, in part because she “posed a clinical risk to patients”.
At a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing this month, more than 50 separate allegations were found to be proven against the nurse.
The NMC found that Ms Antiah had “failed to demonstrate the standards of knowledge, skill and judgement required to practice without supervision as a qualified band 5 nurse”, that her “record-keeping was deficient” and that her “clinical reasoning and/or clinical decision-making were deficient”.
But the panel stopped short of striking her off its register. Instead, Ms Antiah, who complained that she had been bullied and discriminated against while working at the health board, was given a strict conditions of practice order. That old chestnut, shit at your job so throw bullying and racism into the mix to get off.

The hearing was told that since being dismissed by NHS Lothian in August 2009, Ms Antiah had gone on to work as a healthcare assistant and currently has a job in a nursing home, gulp. She took three courses at Napier University after being sacked, but passed only one.

Old people allowed to go blind.

Thousands of elderly people are being denied the chance to save their sight with vital cataract surgery. An investigation by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) claims the life-changing procedure is subject to ‘arbitrary’ restrictions by the NHS across half the country. Patients in some areas have been told their vision is still ‘too good’ for an operation, even though their cataracts are so severe they cannot drive or read. In other regions pensioners are told only one eye will be treated, or forced to wait eight months for surgery after referral by a GP.

The Bangladesh seven

naazSeven illegal workers have been detained following an operation by Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers, that’s what they are called now then, in Cumbria on Thursday 11th July.
Officers visited three businesses to carry out checks on the immigration status of staff.
At Naaz Indian Restaurant, Queen Street, Ulverston, they arrested four Bangladeshi men aged between 28 and 38 who were working illegally. Of the men arrested three had overstayed their visas and one had possession of false documentation.
Later officers visited two premises on Crescent Road. In the Prince of India they found two Bangladeshi men, aged 27 and 32, working illegally. Both men had overstayed their visas and were arrested.
Officers then carried out checks at Indian Ocean where they discovered a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man who had overstayed his visa and was working illegally. All the men are currently detained pending their removal from the UK.

Blackpool five

gurk1newFive illegal workers have been detained following an operation by Home Office Immigration Enforcement officers in Blackpool also on Thursday 11th July. Two businesses were visited, at The Alpine Hotel and Grill Buffet Restaurant Bar on Waterloo Road they arrested three Nepalese men aged between 28 and 35 for working illegally and overstaying their visas.
Later officers visited Ayaan Chillies, on Talbot Road and found two Sri Lankan men aged 21 and 22 who had both overstayed their visas and were working illegally. All the men are currently detained pending their removal from the UK.