Registered nurse sentenced for NHS fraud
A woman has been ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service after she falsely obtained work as a registered nurse.
Florence Ngum Chi and five of her family members used each other as referees to register as NHS healthcare assistants and nurses.
Chi, 31, falsely claimed she was eligible to work in the UK and lied about her right to receive an NHS bursary, Bristol Crown Court heard.
She worked in the NHS on substantive contracts, as a bank nurse and through nursing agencies between 2003 and 2005.
In total, the family’s actions gained them payments of at least £306,228. They worked in NHS bodies across Bristol, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Gwent.
The false claims were uncovered following an investigation by NHS Protect. Some of those involved in the case have absconded since being arrested and charged.
NHS Protect spokesman Nigel Cox said: “References are a vital part of the checks around selection, on merit, of NHS trainees and employees. This family gave themselves an unfair advantage over legitimate applicants.”
Chi, of Boston Road, Bristol, was the last family member to be sentenced. She pleaded guilty to seven charges of fraud by false representation and was handed a 12-month community service order. Chi was told she must complete 150 hours of unpaid work.