Fraudster stole £200k from doctors’ surgery
A PRACTICE manager stole more than £200,000 from the doctors’ surgery where she worked to put her son through private education and fund cars, holidays and a mortgage.
Debbie Sadler, 42, of Waltham Close, Willesborough, duped the Pencester Surgery Practice in Dover with a false CV and between January 2003 and May 2008 helped herself to NHS money by creating a bogus employee and using the practice’s bank card to withdraw cash.
Sadler was jailed for four and half years when she appeared for sentence at Canterbury Crown Court having admitted 28 offences of theft, fraud or deception committed between June 2002 and October 2009.
Mr Recorder Cairns Nelson, QC, said: “This was taxpayers’ money, money from the NHS. I am sympathetic that you wanted to do the best for your boy but it is a serious aggravating feature that this went on for so long,” he added.
Prosecutor Danny Moore said prior to taking the Dover job, Sadler misappropriated £85,000 from chartered surveyors Tuckermans while she worked there between 1995 and 2002.
The firm agreed not to pros- ecute if money was repaid and they received a £70,000 cheque and a further £10,000. She was sacked for gross misconduct and Tuckermans would never have given her references.
In June 2002 she used a fictitious reference and forged pay slips inflating her income to get a job London’s Royal Free Hospital before using a forged reference to get the Dover job where she began stealing from practice accounts.
She had access to cheque books and signed cheques without authority. Her monthly salary was about £1,500 and she received more than £93,000 in wages between November 2002 and May 2008 as a result of the lies she told.
In 1998 Sadler changed her name from Deborah Collett to Sadler and used her original name to create another employee paying her £2,200 a month which was diverted into an account in the name of Collett. This netted her just over £117,000.
The charges related to the theft of £207,791, added to which was £93,363 in wages making a total of £301,154, said Mr Moore.
Sadler used the surgery cheque book to service debts that included credit agreements for cars and a £205,000 remortgage loan on her home she used to repay Tuckermans.
There were also credit card debts and a £200 monthly payment for a time share in Cyprus.
“There was also evidence at her home of designer clothes, holidays, Prada sunglasses, that sort of thing,” said Mr Moore
By April 2008 doctors at the surgery were concerned there was no money in the account to pay bonuses and a rigorous audit took place. Sadler was suspended and then dismissed for gross misconduct in June 2008.
She had no previous convictions and her lawyer, Tomas Quinn conceded there was no excuse and no defence to the offences.
“She deceived her employers and all around her and also deceived herself,” he said. She was living beyond her means having sought to put her son through private education after which things escalated.
“She has always sought to put her son at the top of her list of priorities.”
Debbie Sadler, jailed for fraud