A mortuary technician at a West Yorkshire hospital trust repeatedly took sick leave so he could earn extra cash doing the same job at a hospital in Scotland.
Fraudster Anthony Kelly, 52, claimed three weeks’ sick pay of more than £1,000 after telling bosses at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust he was suffering from a stomach bug.
NHS chiefs exposed Kelly’s lies after launching an investigation.
The probe revealed Kelly had been working as locum at the Dumfries and Galloway NHS Trust during the weeks he claimed gastroenteritis meant he could not do his job at the Mid Yorkshire trust, which runs hospitals in Wakefield, Pontefract and Dewsbury.
Kelly, of Barley Mews, Robin Hood, Wakefield, admitted three counts of fraud by false representation when he appeared before magistrates at Wakefield yesterday.
The court heard Kelly made the false claims in February, August and September of last year.
Magistrates sentenced Kelly to a 12-month community order with 100 hours unpaid work and told him he must pay back a total of £3,077.04. He was ordered to pay the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust £1,058.49 in compensation and pay the NHS the £1,873.55 costs of investigating the case.
He must also pay £85 towards prosecution costs plus a £60 victim surcharge.
Kelly, who represented himself in court and agreed to pay a total of £50 a month, told magistrates: “I’m sorry for the inconvenience your worships.”
Prosecutor Amanda Harris said: “On three separate occasions he rang in sick with gastro intestinal problems. At the time of sickness he was working as a locum at a hospital in Scotland.”
Sarah Garg of West Yorkshire Probation Service told the court: “He tells me he is currently with his wife and three-year-old daughter in a mortgaged property.
“He is currently one month into a six-month contract working at Redhill in Surrey as a mortuary technician. He travels to work early on Monday and returns home late on Friday.”
After the hearing, NHS counter fraud specialist David Parker said: “Frauds of this nature against the NHS take away valuable resources which can be better used for patient care.”
Mr Parker added: “In cases of this nature, any future employer will have to take his conviction into consideration.”