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Former nursing student jailed for NHS fraud


A former overseas nursing student at Thames Valley and Surrey universities has been jailed for defrauding the NHS of over £18,000.

Memory Chamboko, 35, of College Town, Owlsmoor, Hampshire, was sentenced to six months in prison this week by Reading Crown Court.

She entered the UK in 2002 on a student visa but stayed on after it ran out, and had a subsequent asylum application refused.

A joint police and NHS Counter Fraud Service investigation found she had defrauded the NHS of £18,699.93 from two student bursaries. She pleaded guilty to seven offences, involving deception and false documentation.

Ms Chamboko started an adult nursing diploma at the University of Surrey in September 2006 and applied for a bursary. She supported her applications with a false Home Office letter stating she had indefinite leave to remain in the UK, which was a condition of acceptance for both the course and bursary.

She received bursary payments of £3,952.81 to cover September 2006 to March 2007 but, following an unsatisfactory Criminal Records Bureau check, she withdrew from the course in March 2007.

Ms Chamboko then fraudulently obtained a place on an adult nursing course at Thames Valley University, which she attended from March 2008 until her arrest two weeks ago on 15 April. For this application she used the name Rutendo Memory Chamboko, giving a different date of birth from that given to Surrey University. As a result she received additional NHS Student Bursary payments of £14,747.12.


Readers' comments (24)

  • There are thousands of nurses committing fraud every year by registering without doing a jot of development or training from year to year. I'll join you on that witch hunt.

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  • I worked with a nurse of African decent who told me quite openly that her mother came here four times when she was heavily pregnant and hadn't told the airlines she was,just so her children could be born here,which they (including her) all were. I understand that people need and try to better themselves,but fraud is fraud unless of course you happen to be a gay millionaire MP. This girl stole what, 18 grand? How much did he steal? three times that and he didn't even need it.Where's his six months in jail?

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  • I fail to see how any nurse - who professes to upholding the code of conduct can consider that a nurse who has obtained her qualification through fraudulent means can be considered suitable to be in a position of trust. The fact that she may have been considered disadvantaged in her background is not the point. The basic principle of being able to trust an individual would have to be questioned. I am not sure that I would ever trust this person to act anyones interests except her own.

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  • Iinterestingly, RACISM seems to be the priority reason for the so called non-fraudulent commenters who spew rubbish out of their mouth when they do not qualify to comment on what they know nothing about. It is very easy to Judge others, but racists are no better than the girl in question who commited fraud. In fact, it is extremely worse. When you are born with a golden spoon in your mouth, who are you to begin to even understand what survival means? You have a nest of support to sit on and you call it "our Country" You are simply lucky to belong here. Imagine if you had to escape a Country that has completely failed you and you had to survive. You are turned down by immigration that would not give you the time of day even when you are prepared to contribute to the Country. They are however very keen to spend much time and money when it is time to investigate you for fraud. Would you just lie down and die because fraud is bad? Hey, let's leave the money to be spent on bigots, racists, drunks, and drug addicts?

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