A British dentist who was caught perpetrating one of the largest scams in the history of Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), where she filed fake claims for dentures and other dental work to take home about £1.4 million ($2.3 million). She filed more than 7000 fake claims, about 100 of them for patients who were dead.
She was discovered, convicted, sentenced to seven years in prison, and now the government is trying to recover as much of the money as possible.
Some dentists do pretty well, but when investigators looked at the credit card statements of this dentist they found her spending at a level high above what she should have been able to afford. Among the items she splashed out on were Jimmy Choo shoes, designer handbags, high-end clothing, and luxury homes. A judge described her shoe collection as one that “would make Imelda Marcos proud.” She also bought Caribbean vacations that included $1500-a-night hotel suites.
But the money wasn’t all for her. She also paid for her granddaughters to attend an expensive private school.
All good things must come to an end, and this scam was ended when a routine check of invoices led an investigator to call one of the dentist’s patients. They found that the nursing-home patient used a private dentist.
They then began looking at other invoices by this dentist and turned up all the false invoices that had been issued over the period from 2006-2009. The dentist was convicted of fraud in 2012 and sentenced to seven years in prison. Her daughter was also convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud.
The judge then ordered the seizure of nearly $600,000 of property. Now the judge has ordered that the dentist repay another $580,000 in the next 18 months. That’s about half the embezzled funds, but where the rest might come from will be a lot harder to determine.
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