A man who claimed he had trained as a doctor at the fictional hospital in television series ER has been found guilty of two charges of fraud.
Greig Ferguson, who was already a qualified nurse, applied for the post of emergency nurse practitioner and exaggerated his qualifications to include working at the hospital that launched the career of George Clooney, County General Hospital in Chicago.
He worked in the minor injuries unit at St Mary’s Treatment Centre in Portsmouth between September 2007 and October 2008. However, a consultant became suspicious and alerted his employer.
Ferguson pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud at Portsmouth Crown Court and Judge Roger Hetherington ordered him to do 150 hours community service.
Checks carried out by Care UK found that he had a nursing degree and was registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the group said. Nicky Hawes, a spokeswoman for Care UK, explained that his overseas qualifications were “not considered necessary for the post” and so were not checked.