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  • 2 January 2014, 23:16

Couple Charged Over Alleged 1m NHS Fraud

A couple have been charged over claims they defrauded the NHS out of a million pounds.

John Leigh, 53, and his partner Deborah Hancox, 44, both from Rochdale, were extradited from Cyprus following an operation that involved Greater Manchester Police and the National Crime Agency.

Sky News understands that Mr Leigh worked as an IT manager for the NHS.

It is alleged that over a period of five years he purchased equipment at inflated costs from companies in which he had an interest.

Police and the NHS are investigating purchases that were made between March 2003 and October 2008.

The couple face charges including trading for a fraudulent purpose, carrying on the business of a company with intent to defraud creditors, conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to commit fraud by abuse of position and concealing criminal property.

They are due to appear at Manchester Crown Court later this month.

As part of the investigation, two others - Mushtaq Ahmed, 49, from Bradford, and Attia Bibi, 31, from Leeds - have been charged with conspiracy to defraud and money laundering.