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Fraudster Barry Stannard, a former IT supervisor from Essex, has been sentenced to 5 years and 4 months in jail after dishonest the NHS and Her Majesty’s Income and Customs (HMRC) out of £806,229.80.
He had pled responsible to 2 fees of fraud by false illustration and two fees of dishonest the general public income at a courtroom listening to in June 2021.
Stannard, 53, of Chelmsford and beforehand of Hadleigh close to Southend, dedicated the offences over a seven-year interval whereas he was working as head of unified communications at Mid Essex Hospital Companies NHS Belief (MEHT), which has since been merged into Mid and South Essex NHS Basis Belief.
His conviction comes following a prolonged investigation by the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) because it ramps up its give attention to procurement fraud within the NHS.
NHSCFA CEO Sue Frith mentioned: “Barry Stannard abused his place in an outrageous option to line his pockets with cash supposed for NHS providers.
“We’re conscious of the numerous threat that procurement fraud poses for the NHS, which is why the NHS Counter Fraud Authority has been regularly working to develop fraud prevention options over the previous few years,” she mentioned. “As we speak’s sentence reveals that the NHSCFA’s investigative and preventative work tackling NHS fraud is important.”
Frith urged NHS staff who suspect fraud to be happening inside the well being service to report issues to the NHSCFA by means of its on-line reporting service, or by phone through its devoted reporting line on 0800 028 40 60.
Considerations about Stannard’s conduct first arose after MEHT ran a data-matching train on its payroll and accounts payable data alongside Firms Home data. A complete preliminary investigation was first performed by counter-fraud specialists RSM earlier than the case was escalated to the NHSCFA because it turned obvious that specialist monetary investigation powers can be wanted.
The following investigation discovered Stannard submitted a falsified ‘nil return’ declaration of pursuits type to MEHT, whereas he was in reality the director of two firms that had each acquired giant sums of cash from the belief between 2012 and 2019 as a result of he was submitting after which settling the invoices.
The variety of invoices submitted bumped into the lots of, all of them for comparatively modest quantities, which Stannard did purposefully to make sure he can be authorised to signal them off with out additional checks. As a band 8b senior supervisor, he was ready of belief.
Stannard additionally charged for VAT on these invoices – which he by no means forwarded to HMRC – utilizing a VAT quantity he had appropriated and associated to a different reliable enterprise. The VAT charged totalled £132,000, which is included within the complete sum.
Whereas Stannard was siphoning the NHS’ cash into his personal pocket, no services or products invoiced for by his firms have been ever supplied to the NHS. The NHSCFA famous that the stolen cash got here from MEHT’s IT finances, which inevitably meant the belief had much less cash to spend on expertise and digital providers.
Established below the NHS Act of 2006, the NHSCFA is a particular well being authority sponsored by the Division for Well being and Social Care (DHSC). It has round 300 professionally skilled and accredited native counter fraud specialists positioned inside the well being service throughout England and Wales, and works on a collaborative foundation with NHS Scotland’s Counter Fraud Service unit.
Different latest situations of fraud dealt with by the NHSCA embody the profitable prosecution of a Cardiff GP who funnelled stolen cheques into his checking account, and submitted false claims for exaggerated hours and locum shifts that he did not work, to fund a critical playing dependancy; and a monetary specialist who managed to carry down three concurrent monetary directorships at NHS trusts in Cheshire, Merseyside and Staffordshire – at one stage receiving a wage of £2,000 a day.
The NHS is believed to have misplaced £1.12bn to fraud, bribery and corruption within the 2018-2019 monetary yr.