Wednesday 7th November, 2018
Three NHS managers one internal and two agency staff were sentenced for defrauding Powys Teaching Health Board (PTHB) of £822,236.22.
Mark Evill organised the fraud with help from his colleagues Robert Howells and Michael Cope. Evill and Howells were both employed through Resourcing Group Agency as project managers for the health board’s estates department, while Cope was employed directly by the board as Senior Estate Manager.
An investigation revealed that the two contractors knew each other prior to joining the agency and PTHB.
Evill’s responsibilities included sourcing external contractors, approving tenders and quotes, authorising payments of invoices and verifying work completed. A water supplies and electrical supply project was allocated £342,000 by PTHB, and Evill used a contractor named George Morgan Ltd.
George Morgan Ltd was actually set up and run by Evill, with the intention of paying himself for the work he was supposed to be contracting out on behalf of PTHB.
He then invoiced the health board using false names "Paul Hewson" and "David Evans" making over £822,000 better known from the band U2.
The investigation found that approximately £300,000 of the defrauded money was spent on a number of properties in and around Aberdare, South Wales, went on luxury holidays which included flying business class to Dubai, bought expensive watches and motor vehicles.
Cheryl Hill, Deputy Manager of NHS Counter Fraud Service Wales, said today, "Evill, Howells and Cope were all entrusted to ensure that the money spent by Powys Teaching Health Board was to be used to benefit NHS patients; instead they decided to line their own pockets with NHS money via a wellplanned and deliberate deception."