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Royal Marsden accounts employee jailed for £640,000 fraud

Wednesday 30th July, 2014

An NHS worker along with co-conspirators was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday 29th July, 2014. The fraudsters defrauded the Royal Marsden NHS Trust of more than £640,000, which was allocated for vital medicine and equipment.

Stacey Tipler, had been with the Trust for 10 years and used her position of trust in the accounts department where she had access to the payments system, and removed the bank details of suppliers and replaced them with the account details of people she had met through her then fiancé.

While Tipler was helping herself to the funds, at one point a pharmaceutical firm threatened to stop supplying the hospital with medication after failing to receive payment, the court heard.

Tipler spent the money on her upcoming wedding, clearing debts and expensive shopping trips and was jailed for four years.

Between December 2011 and May 2012 a total of £642,827.98 was diverted, some of the money was recovered but £310,857 remains outstanding.

Scott Chaplin, 33 and Stacey Tipler's then fiancé was jailed for five-and-a-half years, the higher sentence a reflection of his role as the instigator and coordinator of the fraud.

Sue Frith, Head of the National Investigation Service at NHS Protect, said: "This gang stole a large amount of money from the NHS which was intended for patient care. The Royal Marsden is world-famous for its treatment of cancer patients and the funds stolen could have paid for radiotherapy, chemotherapy and cancer drugs".

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