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Dentist Jailed For £1.4m NHS Fraud
A dentist who conned the NHS out of £1.4m by making false claims for treating patients has been jailed for seven years for conspiracy to defraud.
Between 2006 and 2009, Joyce Trail, from Sutton Coldfield, submitted 7,000 invoices for work she had never done, 100 of which were for patients who were actually dead.
The 50-year-old used patient details, which were unwittingly supplied to her by nursing homes after she contacted them advertising her services, to claim for people she had never met. She also double or triple-claimed for patients she had treated.
Trail was caught during a random check of files at her Birmingham surgery by officials from the NHS Business Services Authority.
When they contacted a supposed patient at a care home, they discovered he had gone private.
When they delved deeper, they found fraud on an industrial scale. They checked 85,000 documents, including patient records and laboratory documents, and 14,000 exhibits to build a case.
After Trail's conviction, Judge Peter Carr said: "You have abused your position as a professional and you abused your position as a dentist.
"You have effectively stolen a large amount of money that was not available to an already overstretched health service."
Robert Lawrence, a dental technician who supplied Trail with dentures, told Sky News that his suspicions were raised when she requested new dentures after six months for some patients, when they should have lasted at least five years.
He explained: "The same patient names were coming through and the new dentures were attached to them.
"Joyce was asking us to make new dentures and when we brought it up with her that these dentures hadn't been worn, we were told: 'Never mind. Mind your own business - just make them'."
The court was told that Trail spent money on "globetrotting", Jimmy Choo shoes, Cartier jewellery and Prada clothes. She lived in a £1m, six-bedroom gated home.
Her daughter, Nyri Sterling, 33, from Oldbury, West Midlands, who worked in the administration side of the business, was sentenced to two years for helping her mother.
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Jimmy choos,cartier and prada........good taste for a thief
Bet she's feeling down in the mouth now.....
1.4 million of nhs money ******* greedy person that money could have been spent properly else where no chance of getting it back lock her up and throw away the key
Commandeer her house and sell it, give the money back to the NHS. People need teaching that the proceeds of crime are not theirs to keep. If nothing is done about the house, she will probably be out of jail in 3 Years and still have a million pound house to live in. Take it off her and make her have to rent a room somewhere, to teach her that crime does not pay.
Beat me to it. She should also be banned from running any further businesses of any kind, even as a junior executive.
i cannot understand why you have been marked down Dave.I will mark you up 1
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cant understand the minus marks either. Must be some twerps
Don't quite follow??
Did you once go under the name of HRSB19
Not another dentist cheating the NHS. Don't they charge enough for their services without resorting to this?
Who cares? Lets not worry about the small fry- we want the bankers hung drawn and quartered. Not even a criminal investigation though.
Bet she's not the only one doing it
This is shocking. She deserves a good smack on the farse for this.