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Fraud doctor jailed

Locum forged consultants’ signatures on timesheets claiming £13,000

Mark Gould

Friday, 26 August 2016

A locum doctor, who cost the NHS in excess of £13,000 by submitting false timesheet claims, has been jailed for eight months. Over a two-month period, Dr Shahrad Arya falsely claimed to provide NHS orthopaedic services, for work he never undertook, whilst under employment agency contract to Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Arya forged the signatures of three consultants on timesheets to support his false claims.

Arya of Pagers Lane, Uxbridge, Middlesex was found guilty at Bradford Crown Court for seven offences of fraud. He was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment and be subject to a General Medical Council panel to review his professional ability to practise.

The NHS Protect Financial Investigation, using Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 powers, will see Arya also face a hearing to recover the monies defrauded from the NHS from his personal assets. This hearing will take place in January 2017.

Judge Colin Burn said Arya had betrayed the trust of his profession. “It is taxpayers’ money and the public are expecting the highest standards from their doctors,” he said.

NHS Protect Managing Director Sue Frith said: “We hope this conviction will send a message to others who may think it is acceptable to abuse a position of trust to line their own pockets – we will investigate and prosecute these offenders.”

And the NHS Local Counter Fraud Specialist David Parker said: “This case demonstrates that fraud committed by NHS employees or contractors – regardless of the professional standing of the member of staff – is not tolerated. Dr Arya breached the high level of trust placed in him for his own personal enrichment.”

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