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Jailed managers ordered to pay back £560,000 to NHS after fraud


Monday 30th September, 2019

Three NHS managers one internal and two agency staff jailed for defrauding the NHS using the names of U2 members have been ordered to pay back over £560,000.

Last year Mark Evill, Robert Howells and Michael Cope were convicted of fraud and sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment between them after a fraud investigation.

Evill who was contracted as a project manager by Powys Teaching Health Board (PTHB) awarded work to contractor George Morgan Ltd, which he himself owned.

The trio hit the headlines partly because they used fake names that were later revealed to be copying the real names of members of the rock band U2. Evill, Howells and Cope defrauded PTHB out of £822,236.22.

Cheryl Hill, Deputy Operational Fraud Manager at NHS CFS Wales, said on 20th September, "Today’s result sends out a clear message that those found to have defrauded the NHS will not only face prosecution, but that the money stolen will be pursued to ensure that it goes back where it belongs. Evill, Howells and Cope were greedy in their bid to re-direct NHS funds into their own pockets, so it is good to see the money being recovered so that it can be used for what it was intended for - patient care."

Sue Frith, CEO of the NHS Counter Fraud Authority, added:
"I commend the Wales Counter Fraud Service for their work in the original fraud investigation and this very successful recovery. The court order enables the recovery of over half a million pounds to the NHS. Our organisations continue to work closely together to tackle fraud against the health service and procurement fraud is one of our priority action areas this year."

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