Man­ager must pay out £10.5k after NHS fraud

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS -

PORTH­CAWL A se­nior NHS man­ager has been found guilty of de­fraud­ing her em­ploy­ers after be­ing caught com­pet­ing in horse rid­ing com­pe­ti­tions while on sick leave. Elise David, 33, took four months off from her job as a qual­ity man­ager at the Sur­gi­cal Ma­te­ri­als Test­ing Lab­o­ra­tory at the Princess of Wales Hospi­tal in Brid­gend. She claimed to be suf­fer­ing from a back in­jury after fall­ing from her horse on June 5, 2016, but dur­ing the course of her ab­sence from work she took part in a num­ber of showjump­ing, dres­sage and cross coun­try com­pe­ti­tions. Her of­fend­ing came to light after her em­ploy­ers saw re­sults in her name on the Bri­tish Event­ing web­site and came into pos­ses­sion of pho­to­graphs which showed her rid­ing at events. David, of West Road, Not­tage, in Porth­cawl, de­nied one count of fraud but was found guilty fol­low­ing a three-day trial at New­port Crown Court yes­ter­day. In to­tal, David re­ceived £8,216.72 fraud­u­lently be­tween July 1, 2016, and Oc­to­ber 11, 2016. Sen­tenc­ing, Judge Daniel Wil­liams said: “Your ac­tions were cyn­i­cal and de­lib­er­ate and dis­hon­est and you felt en­ti­tled to de­fraud the pub­lic purse.” David was sen­tenced to 12 weeks im­pris­on­ment, sus­pended for 12 months, and was or­dered to carry out 180 hours of un­paid work. She was also or­dered to pay £8,216 in com­pen­sa­tion to the Cardiff and Vale Uni­ver­sity Health Board and £2,500 to­wards the pros­e­cu­tion’s costs.

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