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Practice manager jailed for fraud at doctor’s practice

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

A former doctor’s practice manager has been jailed for two years after transferring over £596,000 from her employer’s accounts to her own.

She pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position after fraudulently transferring the money from her former employers, Elvington Medical Practice in York, over a period of three years.

As practice manager she was in charge of the suppliers’ invoices and had access to the practice bank accounts which she abused.

She later confessed to transferring the money into her personal bank accounts that she had set up while falsely claiming to be a supplier to the surgery.

She covered her tracks by taking money from one year’s accounts to balance the previous year’s and the shortfalls the fraud only came to light in 2017 after she left the practice and was no longer able to manipulate the accounts

Since the fraud was discovered all the money has been paid back to the practice, she said that she took the money to cover bills and intended to pay it back.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Sarah Burton, said: “This was a massive breach of trust by the defendant and it has had a profound effect on everyone at the surgery.

Speaking on behalf of the doctors and staff, Mrs Abigail Holdstock, practice manager, said: “’The Partners and staff of Elvington Medical Practice were shocked and upset on learning of the crime committed by their trusted, former employee and work colleague.”