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Practice Manager jailed for defrauding GP Surgery

Monday 8th April, 2024

A Practice Manager has been jailed for defrauding a GP Surgery for three years at Aylesbury Crown Court, following an investigation by Thames Valley Police.

He was employed at Hughenden Valley Surgery in High Wycombe, working on a contractual basis since November 2021.

Part of his responsibilities included day to day management of the surgery and its finances, he had full access to the surgery’s bank accounts on the Barclays online portal, had his own PIN for access, along with his own card and card reader.

An audit revealed that between 30 May 2022 and February 2023, he made five unauthorised salary payments to himself, totalling £25,159.35, which were in addition to his legitimate salary. The total value of the gain derived from the fraud was £69,342.02.

He also set up a bank account in the name of NS Medical. Using this account between 25 March 2022 and 24 March 2023, he paid the Locum Superintendent Pharmacist at the surgery her legitimate invoices, whilst forging new invoices under the pharmacist’s name and charging the surgery inflated fees.

He kept the difference in the value of the invoices for his own benefit. This was done on fourteen occasions to the total of £44,182.67.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Duncan Wynn of the Central Fraud Unit, said: “Nabeel Asghar abused the trust placed in him by his employers to systematically defraud the NHS of a substantial amount of money purely for his personal gain.”

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