A nurse has received a sentence of 10 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, after she was caught applying for an NHS-sponsored bursary and university place with false documentation.
Blessing Olaniyi was also sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work at Woolwich Crown Court and was hit with a four month curfew order.
In order to gain a place on an adult nursing diploma course at the University of Greenwich, the 26-year-old, of Surlingham Close, Thamesmead, London, made use of a counterfeit passport and visa.
She adopted the same approach when she applied for a bursary worth £22,954. NHS London paid her tuition fees, which amounted to £22,777.
She was charged with two counts of fraud by false representation.
Although she qualified to become a nurse last August, the UK Border Agency said it was unable to find any details of Olaniyi in its books.
She originally used a photocopied extract from a Nigerian passport to secure her university place, which included a visa offering her the chance to stay in the UK indefinitely.
Olaniyi said she was given indefinite leave to stay in the UK in 2003 and had lived in the country since 2001.
It was later discovered that the national insurance number she submitted as part of her bursary application was not hers, as one had not actually been supplied to her.