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Essex mental health nurse jailed for fraud

A mental health nurse from south Essex has been jailed for nine months for defrauding the NHS of £65,000.

Marion Adewumni, 32, of Fanns Rise, Purfleet, pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining bursaries, training and employment from the NHS using a false birth certificate.

Ms Adewumni, who had been working as a mental health nurse for the South Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust, was sentenced on 13 December by Basildon Crown Court.

The court heard that in August 2005 she claimed an NHS student bursary to fund her living expenses while studying for a diploma in mental health nursing at London South Bank University.  At this time, she did not have the required settled status under the Immigration Act 1971.

In her application, she falsely declared she was British, producing a false UK birth certificate. As a result, she was paid a total of £48,240.71 via monthly installments between September 2005 to February 2009. 

During this time, payments included childcare costs and covered maternity leave from July 2007 until March 2008. Her tuition fees for student nurses were also funded by the NHS and amounted to £17,328.

Readers' comments (5)

  • Liz Knox

    This is my opinion alone. This has been waiting to happen since the Govt started to look outside of GB for nursing staff, instead of treating their own nursing staff & student nurses better. Its ridiciulous that this is still going. This is occuring too frequently. Do these people not realise this is money that could be put to better use for the very people we are 'caring/nursing' for? obviously not. There should be more tighter, stringent checks on overseas nurses. Do they not realise the consequences of their actions? I see this lady obtained maternity payments, did she not think of a possible jail term and her child without his/her mother?
    I shudder to think of what will happen next year when the Govt bow to the pressure of the EU in lessening the checks to allow overseas nursing staff to nurse in the NHS. This is what will occur more & more. If theres loopholes, people will do & get through them.

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  • David Shenfield

    If Marion did the course, has worked well for the NHS then this is a crime of the governments own making. Let us be honest overseas students are poor and if they could afford to would not come here. Nursing is not well paid in the UK but is worse paid in Africa etc. The question is was her dishonesty over status her only lie. If so rather than waste money on punishing her we should reclaim the money by allowing her to work and deduct it from her without the low pay limit.

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  • Oh please...learn English!
    "more tighter" "worse paid"

    Need I say more.

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  • I dont care where the person is from she committed fraud and exploited the loopholes left by innefficient lawmakers from a government that is seen as a soft touch by some from inside and outside of the country,it is the way of all thieves.

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  • I think Liz is getting confused here overseas nurses who were bought to this country were already trained and working in their own countries before being recruited by various NHS hospitals in this country. However there are some very dishonest people who turn up in this country and then decide they are going to do nursing not because they really care about patients but to use the NHS to better themselves and to be able to stay in the country. My opinion is these type of people should be deported back to they country if found guilty of fraud having serve they prison sentence. This particular nurse defrauded the NHS and has also has made things difficult for others in the future because honest people who have to apply for nursing courses bursaries etc will have to jump through various hoops before they can be accepted on courses and get what money they are entitle to, because more strigent rules will need to be put in place due to this person and others like her.

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