Mortuary man’s moonlighting fraud - he claimed sick pay from Mid Yorkshire Hospitals trust while working

Trust Headquarters and Education Centrel at Pinderfields Hospital...........8th jan 2013
Trust Headquarters and Education Centrel at Pinderfields Hospital...........8th jan 2013
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A mortuary assistant gained more than £1,000 in sick pay while working at a hospital in Scotland, a court heard.

Anthony Kelly, 52, was working for Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust in Wakefield when he rang in sick three times with a stomach complaint.

But city magistrates heard how Kelly, of Barley Mews, Robin Hood, was employed elsewhere.

Prosecutor Amanda Harris said his net income during the claim period last year was £1,058. But an internal investigation into his activities was launched. It ran up costs of £1,873.

Kelly, who has no previous convictions, admitted three charges of fraud by false representation. He said he was sorry for any inconvenience caused and thought the compensation claim against him was reasonable.

The court heard Kelly currently works as a mortuary assistant at Redhill in Surrey. He has a six-month contract but is hopeful of extending it further.

But Sarah Garg from the Probation Service said Kelly was suitable for community service. Magistrate John Myers sentenced Kelly to a 12-month community order with a 100-hour unpaid work requirement.

He also ordered Kelly to pay £1,058 compensation, £1,873 health service costs, £85 prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

After the case, NHS counter-fraud specialist David Parker said: “Fraud of this nature against the NHS takes away valuable resources which can be better used for patient care. In cases of this nature, any future employer will have to take his conviction into consideration.”