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.)
Jochemus 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.
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.
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.
Later 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.