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Man Sent To Prison For Drugs Fraud

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8:35am 30th August 2012

A Dorset man who falsely obtained over £1,000 in prescription drugs by using different names has been given a nine month prison sentence.

The individual, who hasn't been named, also stacked up a bill of nearly one thousand pounds in missed appointments between September 2008 and June 2010.

The man pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by false representation and three counts of supplying articles for use by fraud.

A further 127 counts of fraud by false representation and three counts of making and supplying articles for use in fraud were taken into consideration. The cost of drugs he obtained under alias came to £1178.00.

He was sentenced to a nine month custodial sentence at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 24th August 2012.

Mandy Hobbs, Certified Counter Fraud Specialist from NHS Dorset and NHS Bournemouth and Poole said: "Catching this individual has saved both the GPs and hospitals time and money, not just in terms of the prescriptions themselves but in terms of missed appointment time. Along with the financial implications of crime such as this, people who are acting fraudulently can delay those with genunie need getting the treatment they require.

"We hope this conviction serves as a message to anyone thinking that misusing the NHS resources and time is acceptable - we take this very seriously and will seek sanctions and redress where appropriate."

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