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Local Fraud News – Portsmouth Doctor Struck-Off After £1.13 Million Theft – April 2022

A Portsmouth GP – Dr Rumi Chhapia, has been erased from the Practitioners List by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service following his conviction and imprisonment for stealing £1.13 million from the NHS to feed a gambling addiction.

Chappia had previously been sent to prision for three years and four months in November 2021 after admitting the offences at an earlier hearing held in September 2021.

Further details from the hearing will be available here.


International Fraud News – Huge Dark Net Site Taken Down – April 2022

The BBC report that a huge dark net site, descibed as a “bastion of cyber crime”, has been shut down.


National Security News – New Security Video Launched – February 2022

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The Centre for the Protection of National Infastructure (CPNI) have produced a short film which introduces the quick actions a member of staff within a small business can take to lockdown their premises during a terrorist incident. These principles can be applied across many types of locations and ultimately acting fast can save lives. Further information can be found on the CPNI website.

The video can be viewed here.


Christmas Wishes From Your Fraud and Security Management Service – December 2021

2021 has been a challenging year, we would like to extend our thanks and best wishes to everyone in the NHS for the remarkable job you have all done this year.

Please remember that while we may stop for a few days for some well earned rest over the Christmas holidays, the fraudsters never take a break and we must always stay on our guard to protect the NHS, ourselves and our families.

For a moment of light relief, we frequently warn that fraudsters are often highly organised and intelligent. However this isn’t always the case, as demonstrated in this story where two criminals were denied a £4 million lottery scratchcard jackpot as they bought the scratchcard with a stolen debit card. It’s good to see that there is some karma in the world!

We are sending our best wishes to you all and hope you all have a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year.

From your fraud and security management team.


National Security News – Providing First Aid During or Following a Terror Attack – December 2021

Counter Terrorism Policing UK have released a video giving advice on providing first aid in the event of a terrorist attack. It reinforces the ‘Run, Tell, Hide’ message. It isn’t long, watching it may save lives.


National Security News – Government to Introduce ‘Harper’s Law’ – December 2021

The BBC report that the government are to introduce mandatory life sentences for anyone convicted of killing an emergency service worker. This change comes after months of campaigning by Lissie Harper, the widow of P.C. Andrew Harper, who was killed while on duty in 2019.


Local Security News – Reports of Increasing Violence and Aggression Against NHS Staff – December 2021

It has been reported both locally and nationally that the recent difficulties faced by the NHS have seen an increase in reports of violence and aggression towards staff,.

Another local report can be seen here.

For help and advice on staying safe at work see our security advice, or contact your Local Security Management Specialist.


Local Fraud News – Hampshire Trust Prevents £176k Fraud – November 2021

A local Hampshire hospital recently foiled an attempt by organised fraudsters to change the banking details for an existing supplier.

The fraudsters had hacked into an email account of the supplier and then continued an existing email conversation between the supplier and the Trust’s Finance Department. The fraudsters sent a series of messages culminating with the request to change the supplier’s banking details. Had the request been processed, the next payment of over £176,000 that was due to the supplier would have been diverted to an account run by the criminals.

Thankfully the Finance team had recieved training from the Local Counter Fraud Specialist and took the correct action upon receiving the request, the details were not changed and no money was lost.

This is a common fraud known as ‘Mandate Fraud’ and large organisations are targetted frequently. It is important that ANY request to change the banking or contact details held for an existing supplier is treated with extreme caution and the request is double-checked with a known contact at that supplier, contacted via an extablished and confirmed telephone number.

For more advice, contact your Local Counter Fraud Specialist, or you can watch this awareness video.


Local Fraud News – Ex-Practice Manager Given Police Caution for Forging Prescriptions – November 2021

A GP Practice Manager who abused his position to obtain drugs by deception has been given a Police Conditional Caution following a criminal investigation which spanned the South East, South West and London regions, undertaken by a Local Counter Fraud Specialist from the Fraud and Security Management Service.

The investigation proved that the Practice Manager had committed fraud offences with at least four General Practices, by accessing patient systems and creating false prescriptions for his own use.

116 false prescriptions were found whereby a doctor’s signature had been falsified in order to obtain medication that would not have otherwise been prescribed and dispensed. This caused a loss from the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG’s) prescribing budget. The Practice Manager was subsequently dismissed from their employment with a General Practice in the South West region.

After the ex-Practice Manager absconded from the Hampshire area, they were traced and interviewed under caution at Trinity Road Police Station, Bristol, on 19 August 2021, when they admitted the fraud offences.

A decision was made with Avon and Somerset Police to issue a formal Police Conditional Caution, which the ex-Practice Manager accepted on 19 October 2021. The conditions imposed were that the individual was required to report any future work in the NHS; that they pay £500 compensation to the CCG and they provide letters of apology to each of the General Practices affected.

The Police Conditional Caution is a criminal record held on the Police National Computer.


National Fraud News – International Fraud Awareness Week 2021 – November 2021

November 14th – 20th is International Fraud Awareness Week.

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority estimates that fraud and corruption costs the NHS up to £1.21 Billion a year. It is important that we continue to raise awareness of the fraud issues that might affect us at work.

To support International Fraud Awareness Week your Communications Team will be circulating a number of fraud-awareness messages on your Intranet pages and via your organisation’s social media accounts. These messages are designed to raise awareness and help keep you and the NHS safe from fraud. Look out for them, they only take a couple of minutes to read and could prevent losses of thousands of pounds.

The International Fraud Awareness Week website has a useful downloadable document providing more generic information on fighting business fraud; you can access it by clicking the image to the right. While this is an American publication, most of the advice is still relevant to us.

Frauds affecting the NHS could be committed by:

Patients:
– obtaining treatment in false names to obtain additional drugs or avoid NHS charges
– altering prescriptions to obtain additional medication

Employees and contractors:
– working for another employer whilst receiving NHS sickness pay
– manipulating and abusing NHS accounts or credit cards for personal use
– submitting false claims for hours worked or expenses
– job applicants falsifying qualifications or references
– abusing trust to defraud the finances of a patient

External:
– phishing email
– emails impersonating Directors requesting financial transactions
– emails impersonating other organisations or staff requesting the bank details are changed to divert legitimate payments to the fraudster
– cyber ransomware attacks on I.T. infastructure

We rely on the honest majority in the NHS to help root out the dishonest few. Your Local Counter Fraud Specialist works for you and your organisation to reduce the impact of fraud and keep NHS money in our budgets. This year in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight area the Fraud and Security Management Service has identified frauds with a value of over £1,118,000 and our work has prevented further fraud losses totalling over £353,000. Over £240,000 has been recovered during the year to date.

If you have any questions about fraud in the NHS, or if you would like to report a concern, you should contact your Local Counter Fraud Specialist

Further information is also available from the NHS Counter Fraud Authority.


Local Fraud News – Portsmouth GP Sent to Prison for £1.1 million Fraud – November 2021

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A Portsmouth GP has been sent to prision for three years and four months after admitting the theft of £1.1 million to feed a gambling addiction.

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority have given the case national coverage and Richard Rippin, Head of Operations at the NHS Counter Fraud Authority has commended the: “excellent work undertaken by the Fraud and Security Management Service”.


Local Fraud News – GP Pleads Guilty to £1.1 Million Fraud – September 2021

A Portsmouth GP who embezzeled £1.13 Million of NHS money has pleaded guilty to one charge of fraud at Portsmouth Magistrates Court.

Full story here.


National Fraud News – Two NHS Bosses Imprisoned for Serious Fraud – July 2021

The BBC report that Stephen day, a 51 year old accountant from Perthshire, Scotland, has been jailed for 11 years and 5 months for: “industrial scale dishonesty”, which defrauded firms and the NHS of £1.4 million. Among the various offences that Day admitted, the court heard that he had held three full time NHS Director posts with different organisations simultaneously, hiding each from the others and earning over £2,000 a day.

Meanwhile, in June a former NHS I.T. Manager at what was Mid Essex Hospital Trust (including Broomfield Hospital) was imprisoned for 5 years and 4 months after admitting two counts of fraud by false representation and defrauding the NHS and HMRC out of £800,000. The case was brought following an investigation and financial investigation work by the NHS Counter Fraud Authority, working closely with the Trust’s Local Counter Fraud Specialist and HMRC.


National Fraud News – Mother Sentenced for Stealing Money Intended for her Disabled Daughter – June2021

The Crown Prosecution Service have published details of a mother sentenced for stealing over £73k intended to pay for her disabled daughter.


National Fraud News – NHSCFA Publishes Three Year Strategy – May 2021

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The NHS Counter Fraud Authority have published their 2020 – 2023 Strategy.

The strategy explains how they intend to use their resources and
commitment over the three year period (2020-2023) in the fight against NHS fraud.

It can be viewed by clicking on the image.


Local Security News, Portsmouth Hospital Staff Suffer 190 Attacks in 12 Months – April 2021

It has been reported that staff at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth have suffered 190 physical attacks from patients and the public in twelve months.

Queen Alexandra Hospital


International Security News – Italian Man Sent to Prison for Threatening to Bomb the NHS – Feb 2021

The BBC have reported that an italian man has been sent to prison for three years following a blackmail campaign whereby he threatened to bomb NHS hospitals, Black Lives Matter rallies and UK MPs.


Local Security News – Social Media User Fined for False Post About Queen Alexandra Hospital – Jan 2021

Queen Alexandra Hospital

It has been reported that Portsmouth Police have fined a social media user who had posted photos of Queen Alexandra Hospital and had falsely claimed that the hospital was not busy with Covid-19 patients.

Mark Cubbon, the Trust’s Chief Executive, branded the posts as disrespectful to staff working hard to look after Covid-19 patients.

The person responsible was traced and given a fixed penalty notice under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020.


National Fraud News – HMRC Issue Warning Over Tax Rebate Scams – Nov 2020

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Self Assessment customers warned about scammers posing as HMRC.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have warned that Self Assessment customers should be alert to criminals claiming to be from the HMRC.

As the department issues thousands of SMS messages and emails as part of its annual Self Assessment tax return push, HMRC is warning customers completing their returns to take care to avoid being caught out by scammers. The annual tax return deadline is on 31 January 2021.

The department knows that fraudsters use calls, emails or texts to contact customers. In the last 12 months, HMRC has responded to more than 846,000 referrals of suspicious HMRC contact from the public, and reported over 15,500 malicious web pages to internet service providers to be taken down. Almost 500,000 of the referrals from the public offered bogus tax rebates.

Many scams target customers to inform them of a fake ‘tax rebate’ or ‘tax refund’ they are due. The imposters use language intended to convince them to hand over personal information, including bank details, in order to claim the ‘refund’. Criminals will use this information to access customers’ bank accounts, trick them into paying fictitious tax bills, or sell on their personal information to other criminals.

HMRC’s Interim Director General for Customer Services, Karl Khan, said: “We know that criminals take advantage of the Self Assessment deadline to panic customers into sharing their personal or financial details and even paying bogus ‘tax due’.

“If someone calls, emails or texts claiming to be from HMRC, offering financial help or asking for money, it might be a scam. Please take a moment to think before parting with any private information or money.”

Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: “Criminals are experts at impersonating organisations that we know and trust. We work closely with HMRC to raise awareness of current scams and encourage people to report any suspicious calls or messages they receive, even if they haven’t acted on them, to the relevant channels. This information is crucial in disrupting criminal activity and is already helping HMRC take down fraudulent websites being used to facilitate fraud.

“It’s important to remember if you’re contacted out the blue by someone purporting to be from HMRC asking for your personal or financial details, or offering you a tax rebate, grant or refund, this could be a scam. Do not respond, hang up the phone, and take care not to click on any links in unexpected emails or text messages. You should contact HMRC directly using a phone number you’ve used before to check if the communication you have received is genuine.

“If you’ve been the victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and please report it to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.”

Customers can report suspicious activity to HMRC at phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 60599. They can also report phone scams online on GOV.UK.

HMRC is also warning the public to be aware of websites that charge for government services – such as call connection sites – that are in fact free or charged at local call rates. Other companies charge people for help getting ‘tax refunds’. One way to safely claim a tax refund for free is to log into your Personal Tax Account.

HMRC has a dedicated Customer Protection team that identifies and closes down scams but asks the public to recognise the signs to avoid becoming a victim. HMRC regularly publishes examples of new scams on GOV.UK to help customers recognise phishing emails and bogus contact by email, text or phone.

Ways to spot a tax scam

It could be a scam if it:

  • is unexpected
  • offers a refund, tax rebate or grant
  • asks for personal information like bank details
  • is threatening
  • tells you to transfer money.

Self Assessment customers can complete their tax return online and help and support is available on GOV.UK.

To protect against identity fraud customers must verify their identity when accessing HMRC’s online services. They must have two sources of information including:

  • credit reference agency data
  • tax credits
  • P60/payslip
  • UK Passport

National Fraud News – Huge Increase in Phishing emails – Nov 2020

The Credit Industry and Fraud Avoidance Service (CIFAS) have reported a huge rise in phishing email during 2020, with the number of incidents projected to continue to rise by 15% year on year.

A ‘phishing’ email is an email pretending to be from somewhere or someone that it is not. It prompts the user to either follow a link to a spoof website, or to click on an attachment.

The spoof website requests personal information including login information, giving the fraudster access to the account, whereas attachments are normally ‘malware’ – malicious software that the criminal wants installed on the user’s computer.

CIFAS have reported that the most commonly impersonated brands are: Amazon. PayPal, Apple, WhatsApp, Microsoft Office, Netflix and Instagram. NHS staff are frequently trageted by phishing emails spoofing NHS net (email) and ESR in an attempt to gain access to user’s accounts.

More information on dealing with email fraud is here.


International Fraud News – Ransomware Attack Blamed for Hospital Death – Nov 2020

The BBC has reported how a ‘ransomware’ cyber-attack on a German hospital contributed to the death of a woman.

It is a stark reminder that a cyber-attack could not only cost the NHS money (the ‘Wannacry’ attack in 2017 is estimated to have cost the NHS £93 million) but ultimately could result in the denial of treatment and potential loss of life.

It is strongly recommended that NHS staff follow the advice and best practice detailed on our cyber-crime webpage.


National Security News – Threat Level Increased to SEVERE – Nov 2020

Following significant events in parts of Europe recently, the government have raised the security threat level to ‘Severe’. The increase has been made because security chiefs believe that an attack is highly likely but there is no specific intelligence of an imminent incident.

The move follows Monday night’s shooting in Vienna and last week’s knife attack in Nice, France, and a teacher’s murder in Paris last month. We should all look to carry on as normal without being alarmed, but remaining vigilant and alert to any suspicious activity in order to maintain our safety and security.

If you have any security questions or concerns you should contact your organisation’s Local Security Management Specialist.


Local Security News – New Staff Safety Page Added to the Website – Nov 2020

A new Staff Safety page has been added to the site. The page provides staff with help and guidance to assist them in staying safe while at work and at home.

Much of the information is common sense, but it is worth a quick read through so you can make sure that you are doing all you can to reduce any risk.

The basis of the information has been provided by Hampshire Constabulary.


Local Fraud News – Automated Phone Call Warning – Sept 2020

An NHS Trust has received several automated phone calls warning that the internet will be disconnected unless they press “1”. Calls like this are attempted frauds. If the call receiver does press a number, they will be connected to a person who will then try to extract personal details which they can use to commit offences, or they will pressure the call receiver to take actions which will allow them remote access to the computer systems. Another trick which can be used is to connect the call to a premium rate number then keep the receiver hanging on the line in order to create a large phone bill.

You may receive calls like this to your home phones as well as hospital phones.

If you receive such a call:

– Hang up immediately.
– Do not speak.
– Do not press 1 (or any other key on the phone).
– Never give out information or answer any questions.
– Do not verify the call by using any information given during the call.
– If you do wish to make further enquiries, use a different phone, or wait at least 20 minutes before using the same phone (in case the original fraudster is still controlling the line).


National Fraud News – Metropolitan Police Release Fraud Awareness Videos – Sept 2020

The Metropolitan Police have released five very short fraud awareness videos on the following subjects:

– Test and Trace
– Phishing
– Working from Home
– Vishing
– Ransomware

Most last less than a minute and provide clear advice to help you protect yourself against fraud.


National Security News – Man Arrested For Stabbing NHS Worker At Brighton Hospital – July 2020

It has been reported that a man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an incident at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where a staff member was stabbed.


Local Fraud News – DHL Invoice Fraud – June 2020

It is reported that an NHS Trust Accounts Manager has received three emails in quick succession that appeared to be from DHL, The Trust concerned reported that it does have an account set up with DHL but it has never been used. The emails were sent to a named person in the Accounts Team who has never had dealings with DHL.

The emails, purported to have been issued by “DHL Accounts Dept” with an email address given as noreply@dhl.com, read: “Dear Customer, Please find attached letter concerning your overdue account This is a system generated email. Please do not respond to this email. Invoice Copies can be retrieved from MyBill If you have any questions or concerns, please email billing.help@dhl.com. Regards, DHL Express Accounts Dept.”

If you receive a similar email from DHL, you are advised not to click on attachments and to contact DHL directly via a known phone number or email address to confirm whether there are any outstanding invoices. DHL have been informed with regards to these concerns.

You should also notify your LCFS who will be able to record this matter and offer guidance and direction.


National Fraud News – Virus Alert – May 2020

The Fraud and Security Management Service have been made aware of an instance of a ‘Harma Virus’ infecting a local NHS network. The virus is spread through the opening of an email attachment. Harma is a ransomware which focuses on locking all personal files on the host machine and then demands ransom payment for the decryption tool.

It is important that you do not open any attachments that you are suspicious of or that appear out of the ordinary. Be particularly suspicious of emails from people you don’t know or routinely do business with. Emails that purport to come from a known contact but are not written in their usual style can also be an indicator of a potential problem. Any suspected phishing/spam/scam emails can be reported to NHSmail directly at spamreports@nhs.net by attaching the suspicious email to a new email before sending it.

If you receive any popup messages that look suspicious such as: “Your files have been encrypted” please contact your IT Service Desk immediately and power off your computer straight away.

Further information on protecting yourself against cyber-crime can be found here and advice to protect against email fraud can be found here.


National Security News – Gang Admits NHS Gas Canister Thefts – May 2020

Four men from Norfolk have been told to expect substantial jail sentences after admitting stealing gas canisters from NHS hospitals.

Gas canisters are frequently targeted by criminals, especially during ‘festival’ season, it is recommended that they are always stored securely.


National Security News – Manchester Man Imprisoned For NHS Worker Attack – May 2020

A 27 year old man of no fixed address in Manchester has been sent to prison for two years after attacking an NHS worker in Salford Royal Infirmary.


National Fraud News – NHSCFA Launches Expanded Reference Guide – April 2020

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority has launched an expanded fraud reference guide which provides fraud definitions and detailed information on thirteen key areas of fraud, including case examples and preventative advice. The guide can be accessed here.


Local Fraud and Security News – Police Crime Prevention Coronavirus Update

Hampshire Police have issued a Crime Prevention update, which includes advice on new areas of potential crime relating to the Coronavirus outbreak.


National Fraud News – Action Fraud Issue Alert Regarding Coronavirus Scams


Local Security News – Suspended Prison Sentence for Hospital Attack

A woman who launched an attack against the Police and NHS staff has been given a suspended prison sentence. Read more here…


National Fraud News – BBC Documentary – Spying on the Scammers

A recent BBC documentary explains the risks of scam telephone calls. Watch it here…


National Security News – Secretary of State Speaks Out About Violence in the NHS

Matt Hancock, MP and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has written to NHS staff setting out his concerns about the problem of violence experienced by NHS staff. Read more here.


Local Fraud News – New Series of BBC Fraud Squad Commenced 3rd February 2020

The latest series of Fraud Squad commenced on 3rd February 2020 on BBC1 at 9:15 am and episode six of this series features an investigation from Hampshire. The investigation was undertaken by the Head of the Fraud and Security Management Service and resulted in the imprisonment of a Procurement Manager who had been working at a local Trust.

The series provides a detailed look at the investigations undertaken by NHS and other government fraud investigators and the subsequent results when those cases reach court.

If you miss an episode it is available on catch-up services and on BBC iPlayer. The episode featuring the Hampshire case can be viewed here.


National Fraud News – Former Oxford University Hospitals CIO Sentenced for NHS Fraud

A senior NHS hospital manager has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, after he was found to have lied about having a degree. Read more here.


Local Security News – Woman Arrested at Local Hospital for Assault and Criminal Damage

A Southsea woman has been arrested on suspicion of assault, criminal damage and a public order offence, following an incident at the Queen Alexandra Hospital Emergency Department in Portsmouth on Boxing day.

Full story here.

Queen Alexandra Hospital

Local Security News – Four Men With a Knife Arrested at Local Hospital

Officers were called to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth after a group of men, one of whom had been stabbed, caused issues in A&E while waiting for a doctor. Read more here.


Local Fraud News – Mental Health Nurse Given Formal Caution for Fraud

A Mental Health Nurse working at a Hampshire Trust has been given a Police Conditional Caution after an investigation revealed that they had worked for another employer while claiming sickness pay from the Trust.

The Local Counter Fraud Specialist (LCFS) undertook an investigation and found evidence that confirmed that the Nurse had worked at a care home during a period of sickness absence between December 2018 and January 2019.

The Nurse attended a voluntary Interview Under Caution at Portsmouth Police Station in November 2019 and was questioned by the LCFS. They fully admitted making a false representation, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006, by dishonesty stating that they were unfit for work when in fact they had been working for another employer. 

The Nurse’s behaviour caused a £450.00 loss to the Trust, in the form of sickness salary payments that they were not entitled to. This loss does not take into account the additional staffing costs that were payable to temporary staff who provided care to vulnerable patients (over a crucial period) whilst the Nurse was absent.

It was agreed with Hampshire Police that a Conditional Caution was an appropriate sanction which would be held as a record on the Police National Computer (PNC). The subject was offered and accepted a Police Conditional Caution as an alternative to other criminal action. As a condition of this sanction the subject is required to repay the Trust the overpaid salary within 12 weeks or faces having to attend a Magistrates Court.

The Nurse no longer works for the Trust.

Portsmouth Police Investigation Centre

National Fraud News – Ex-Oxford NHS Boss Admits Lying About Degree

A former NHS boss lied about having a degree, a court heard (BBC News). Full story here.


National Security News – GP Guilty of Sex Assaults

A GP who cited Angelina Jolie and Jade Goody to instill fear in his patients about their health has been found guilty of sexually assaulting 23 women. Read more here.


Local Fraud News – Police Caution for Working While Sick

A former NHS Trust employee in Hampshire was given a Police Conditional Caution in December 2019, after admitting working full time as a taxi driver during a period of sickness absence from the NHS.

The matter was referred to the Local Counter Fraud Specialist after the employee had been seen driving a taxi while they were known to be absent from work. The subsequent investigation revealed that they had worked for a private taxi company throughout the sickness period, working an average of over fifty-eight hours per week.

The investigation highlighted that they had lied to their managers about the work during the absence period and again upon their return to work. The employee was interviewed under caution by the Local Counter Fraud Specialist at Southampton Central Police Station in December and admitted an offence of Fraud by False Representation. They were given the Police Caution on the condition that they repaid the fraudulently obtained sickness pay to their NHS employer, totaling £1,131.25.

A further loss of £267.39 was averted as sickness payments for the following month were frozen once details of the secondary employment were known.

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National Fraud News – New Guidance Available to Prevent Fraud and Corruption in NHS Procurement

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) estimates the loss to the NHS from procurement fraud as £351 million (2017-18) each year.

To reduce the risk of procurement fraud, the NHSCFA has produced new guidance, in the form of eight fraud prevention quick guides covering the following subjects:

  • Contract splitting.
  • Contract reviews.
  • Buying goods and services.
  • Mandate fraud.
  • Credit card fraud.
  • Petty cash.
  • Due diligence.
  • Suppliers’ code of conduct: preventing fraud, bribery and corruption.

Each guide includes a brief overview of the fraud risk, along with information on how to spot the fraud, how to stop it and how to report a suspicion of fraud.

The guides can be provided by your LCFS or from the NHS CFA website.


Local Fraud News – Support Worker Dismissed for £3,000 Timesheet Fraud

A Support Worker from Hampshire has been dismissed after an investigation by the Local Counter Fraud Specialist (LCFS) revealed that the Support Worker had submitted timesheets for work that they had not done.  The Support Worker was employed by a local hospital and worked for a temporary staffing agency at the same hospital. 

The fraud came to light when the Support Worker submitted timesheets for temporary work at the same time they were working their normal substantive contracted hours.  The investigation uncovered that seven shifts overlapped and the support worker had received over £750 for work they had not done. 

The LCFS interviewed the support worker at a police station where the offences were admitted. The support worker made further admissions that they booked every available shift and did not check that they had undertaken the work before submitting the timesheets. The full cost of the fraud was over £3,000 which the worker agreed to repay.


Local Fraud News – Domestic Assistant Given Police Caution

A Domestic Assistant at a local Trust was issued with a Police Conditional Caution on 30th October and is facing disciplinary action after an investigation by the Local Counter Fraud Specialist (LCFS) revealed that they had continued working as a cleaner at a private organisation during a period of NHS sickness.

They admitted the offence during an interview with the LCFS at Southampton Central Police Station.

The fraud resulted in the incorrect payment of £681.97 in sickness payments and it was a condition of the Police Caution that the loss is paid back to the Trust within eight months.

Because of the prompt action taken by the LCFS and the Trust, the subject’s sickness payments were frozen the following month and a further loss of £1,406.50 was avoided.

Southampton Central Police Station
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National Fraud News – Pharmacy Director Imprisoned for Deliberate Overcharging

The director of a family chain of high street pharmacies in South Wales has been sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment for deliberately overcharging the NHS for medicines at one of his branches. More information here.

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