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Jailed NHS Manager ordered to pay back £220,000

Wednesday 9th October, 2019

An NHS manager jailed for fraud has been ordered to pay back £220,431 he defrauded from NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) or face an extra three years’ imprisonment.

Mr Injie was employed as the Deputy Accounts and Governance Manager at North East London Commissioning Support Unit (NEL CSU), which provided services to a number of NHS organisations including NHS Newham CCG.

The fraud came to light in May 2017 when a colleague noticed a £18,536.95 invoice submitted for payment by a company called Davii J Services Ltd, it was not clear about the services it had provided to NHS Newham CCG.

The payment was withheld while checks were made and a fraud investigation was carried out on behalf of NHS England.

Investigators found that the system had been set up so that all invoices from Davii J Services Ltd were sent only to Inije for approval. They then discovered that the company’s sole director was in fact Mr Inije, he had submitted and approved a further 24 invoices to himself between November 2013 and May 2017.

He used the guise of Davii J Services Ltd to summit a total of £382,519 worth of invoices that claimed to relate to work for CHC packages.

Richard Rippin, NHSCFA Head of Operations, said: “It sends a clear message that where people seek to exploit the NHS for their own personal gain, we will take all action necessary to ensure that defrauded money is recovered and returned to the NHS to be used for what it was originally intended for - the delivery of patient care. Mr Inije’s greed meant hundreds of thousands of pounds for the care of NHS patients was diverted into his pocket. NHS England oversaw the original fraud investigation and NHSCFA followed through with its Financial Investigators to recover the money, a good example of collaboration"

Financial investigators from the NHS Counter Fraud Authority established that Injie has £220,431.48 in available assets, all of which is earmarked to go back to the defrauded health body.