Fraud­ster stole £200k from doc­tors’ surgery

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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

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