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Trust awarded over £1,000 following fraud case


(Pictured: Collette Ryan, Anti-Fraud Specialist)

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust has been awarded over £1,000 in damages following a successful fraud case.

Members of the Trust’s Anti-Fraud team and the NHS’ national Counter Fraud Authority were called to Wigan County Court earlier this month to act as witnesses to a hearing of a member of staff who was found guilty of fraud and will now have to pay WWL £600 in losses and costs, totalling £1,083.30

The complex and lengthy case dates back to 2016 when an investigation was undertaken by WWL’s local anti-fraud specialist, Collette Ryan, into the fraudulent allegations.

Collette said; “The successful verdict both demonstrates and reinforces the zero tolerance approach by WWL to any perpetrators who calculatingly and dishonestly deceive the Trust and the NHS as a whole, ultimately denying precious funds meant for patient care.

“Alongside our partners at the Department of Health and the NHS Counter Fraud Authority, it reiterates the work that the Trust will progress with to ensure the stance is adhered to by public and staff members.”

The case involved the taking of scrap metal belonging to WWL which was then weighed in by the defendant at a local scrap metal merchant for financial gain.

Robert Forster, Director of Finance/Deputy CEO and Accountable Officer for Fraud at WWL said: “As custodians of public money, our responsibility is to ensure that all instances of fraud and dishonesty are investigated thoroughly so that tax payers, patients and staff are not disadvantaged by the inappropriate actions of a few.

“We welcome the ruling of the Courts in supporting our position in these cases.”