Hos­pi­tal carer is jailed for ID fraud

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AN illegal im­mi­grant who lied to get a job look­ing af­ter ‘vul­ner­a­ble’ pa­tients at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal has been jailed.

Joshua Ola­jide Jide­o­lal­eye, 40, used another man’s iden­tity to get a job at an agency.

The Nige­rian na­tional then worked as a care as­sis­tant at the hos­pi­tal for five weeks be­fore he was dis­cov­ered.

Ffion To­mos, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “His ac­tions put pa­tients at risk be­cause he had not had the proper crim­i­nal checks or qual­i­fi­ca­tions checks.”

Jide­o­lal­eye, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to fraud by false rep­re­sen­ta­tion at Crewe Mag­is­trates Court on June 5.

Be­tween April 29 and June 3 the de­fen­dant worked 36 shifts at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal, earn­ing £3,500.

He was jailed for 16 months by War­ring­ton Crown Court on Fri­day, July 10.

The Recorder Mark Ainsworth said: “This was a so­phis­ti­cated fraud and showed a de­gree of plan­ning. The ac­tual gain is rel­a­tively lim­ited.

“The fact is that you were re­spon­si­ble for the per­sonal care of pa­tients, some who were vul­ner­a­ble.

“The safe­guards were cir­cum­nav­i­gated by you by your fraud­u­lent ap­pli­ca­tion for the po­si­tion.

“This has an im­pact on the hos­pi­tal and the wider health ser­vice as a whole.”

Jide­o­lal­eye, who had been liv­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally since hav­ing his asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tion re­fused in 2011, now faces be­ing de­ported.

The court heard that Jide­o­lal­eye had ar­rived in the UK in 2005 us­ing fake doc­u­ments.

He claimed he was be­ing threat­ened by the Nige­rian mafia and sought asy­lum, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Jide­o­lal­eye qual­i­fied as a care as­sis­tant and worked in Manch­ester un­til his asy­lum ap­pli­ca­tion was re­fused in 2011, the court heard.

Des­per­ate to sup­port him­self, Jide­o­lal­eye be­gan us­ing the name of another man, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The fraud was dis­cov­ered by two em­ploy­ment agen­cies and Jide­o­lal­eye was ar­rested at the hos­pi­tal on June 3.

Si­mon Parry, de­fend­ing, said: “He qual­i­fied as a care as­sis­tant in 2006 and worked around Manch­ester un­til his sta­tus was de­ter­mined.

“He was try­ing to sup­port him­self.

“If proper checks had been done from the out­set when he first worked at Mac­cles­field hos­pi­tal it would have been painfully ob­vi­ous the per­son on the ID and the de­fen­dant were not the same.

“He has since writ­ten to the hos­pi­tal apol­o­gis­ing for his ac­tions.”

In a state­ment af­ter the hear­ing, a spokesper­son for East Cheshire NHS Trust, which runs Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal, said: “The trust recog­nised the se­ri­ous­ness of this is­sue and no­ti­fied the po­lice as soon as it came to light.

“A thor­ough in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion set up by the chief ex­ec­u­tive into the in­ci­dent is close to com­ple­tion and there is no ev­i­dence that any pa­tient was harmed as a re­sult of this fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­ity.”

●● Clock­wise from above above: Ian and Denise Rankin du dur­ing their hol­i­day and pic­tures they took of the Syr­ian refugees board­ing the Greek lifeboat and on­board the cruise ship

●● Joshua Ola­jide Jide­o­lal­eye used another man’s iden­tity to get a job at Mac­cles­field hos­pi­tal

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