A former practice manager has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for defrauding the NHS to obtain powerful painkillers for his wife.
Phillip Andrew Hunt was the former practice manager at Derwendeg Medical Centre in Trimsaran, Carmarthenshire.
He was sentenced on 23 April in Swansea Crown Court, following an investigation supported by NHS Counter Fraud and conducted by the Local Counter Fraud Specialist (LCFS) for Mid and West Wales.
During the trial he pleaded guilty to 11 charges of Using a False Instrument and five charges of Possession with Intent to Supply Dihydrocodeine (a class B drug) transgressing section four of the Misuse of Drugs act 1971.
In order to obtain the drugs from Derwendeng Medical Centre, Mr Hunt used forged documents bearing both his wife’s and her father’s names. He then duped a GP into signing the documents before presenting them to local pharmacies.
Judge Gerald Price QC expressed concern that Mr Hunt had been ‘reckless’ with his wife’s well-being when he obtained the drugs for her use. He said, this, plus the abuse of a position of trust, and the misuse of a class B drug, were reflected in the sentence.