Court orders NHS fraudster to pay back over £30k

15 Mar 19

A convicted NHS fraudster could face an extra nine months in jail if he fails to pay back £30,720 to the hospital he stole from.

Croydon Crown Court ordered former dialysis manager Alan Hodge to pay back the funds he took while working for Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Hodge was originally found guilty of fraud in 2016 and is currently serving a four-year prison sentence.

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority carried out a financial investigation and took the case to the Croydon court under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

The authority found that Hodge, of Sutton, Surrey, had £30,720 of available assets, including his £30,000 share of his former home and a £720 scooter.

He has been given three months to make the payment, which will be ploughed back into the NHS.

NHSCFA said it will now “continue to explore all other avenues to recover the money taken, including working with NHS Pensions to consider accessing the financial value of Hodge’s NHS Pension Scheme.”

Richard Rippin, head of operations at NHSCFA, said: “We are delighted that the money he [Hodge] defrauded is finally going back to NHS funds.

“But our action will not end here, and we continue to pursue the remainder of the money originally intended for patient care that he diverted into his own accounts.

“This action serves as a clear reminder that those who seek to take money from the NHS will not only be brought before the courts to answer for their fraudulent activity, but they will also be pursued to ensure that every available penny is returned back to the NHS where it belongs.”

While the renal technical department manager at Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust, Hodge awarded contracts to three company owners who colluded to inflate invoices for work. The work carried out was sub-standard and sometimes not completed at all, the NHSCFA said.

Hodge and his accomplices were sentenced in December 2016 following an investigation by both national and local NHS fraud investigators. They were given jail sentences totally 10.5 years.

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