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NHS Counter Fraud Authority secures first conviction

16 April 2018

Deterrence is not about saying what you will do – it’s doing it and seeking the maximum penalty. So, having a zero tolerance policy is not enough. It needs to be seen to be delivered, regardless of the rank and role of the persons involved.

The NHSCFA has amply demonstrated it has both the appetite and the teeth to fight fraud, and in securing a first conviction as the 'Counter Fraud Authority' against Andrew Thomas, responsible for locksmith sourcing for Guys and St Thomas’ Foundation NHS, for fraud by abuse of position under the Fraud Act 2006, it sends a stark warning to others seeking to defraud the NHS.

Taylor set up a business, Surety Security, to supply locksmith services to the Trust, for whom he had acted as a purchaser since 2008. By marking up hardware supplied by 1200% over a period of years, Taylor benefitted to the tune of £598,000. This allowed him to pay for his son’s private education at £1340.00 per month, and purchase a car estimated to be worth over £27,000.

When challenged and suspended, he resigned before disciplinary proceedings were concluded. Computer forensics revealed the template invoices, and financial investigations proved beyond doubt Taylor’s control of the company.

In securing the conviction before a Jury in Inner London Crown Court last month, NHSCFA will now recover the money under POCA, to return to the NHS, whose frontline services have been seriously deprived of valuable resources by one person’s dishonesty, and greed.

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