Five days ago we published this, a report on a New Zealand woman who’d worked for the NHS as a psychiatrist for 22 years, despite having quit her medical course whilst in the first yasr.
A piece in today’s Times:
Cancer faker Philip Hufton jailed for £350,000 hospital fraud
A nursing graduate who claimed to be a doctor, secured a management job with the NHS and fraudulently earned almost £350,000 has been jailed for five years.
Phillip Hufton, 52, also pretended that he had cancer to take time off for surgery which was not carried out. On another occasion he went on a family holiday to America while supposedly on a work trip to Jordan for which he claimed expenses. He said that he was a highly qualified doctor and had had a successful career in the army. He actually had a nursing degree, had been in the Territorial Army and bought fake medals online to pose with in photographs.
The deception helped him to get a job with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust as a business development manager promoting it in the Middle East. Colleagues raised concerns and when his lies were discovered he was sacked in January 2016 after 17 months in the role.
Having admitted two counts of fraud by false representation, Hufton, of Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, was jailed on Thursday at Cambridge crown court. He claimed that the benefit to him had been £173,000 but Judge Jonathan Cooper considered the full £349,383 paid during his employment. The judge said that the offences had helped him to fund a lavish lifestyle.
After the hearing Sergeant Andy Denzey of Cambridgeshire police said: “His lies were almost beyond belief. Hufton caused a great inconvenience and a large amount of stress to all involved, turning his hand to criminality in order to fund his personal life.”
A spokesman for the trust said that Hufton’s actions were reprehensible.
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