A former senior IT manager has pleaded guilty to defrauding the UK’s National Health Service of £ 800,000 over seven years.
Barry David Stannard, a 53 -year -old from Chelmsford, Essex, pleaded guilty to four offenses in Chelmsford Crown Court, including two charges of fraud by false representation and two charges of public income.
The NHS Counter Fraud Authority found that when head of the Mid Essex Hospital Trust’s unified communications, Stannard submitted a “no return” declaration of forms of interest in the trust, but an investigation confirmed that he was indeed the director of two companies that received large amounts of money from 2012 to 2019.
No products or services invoiced for these companies have ever been donated to the NHS, according to a statement from the NHS Counter Fraud Authority. All of the hundreds of invoices submitted by his trust companies were individually less than the limit Stannard allowed to sign off from the IT budget without further checks.
The Court ruled that the total amount defrauded was £ 806,229.80. Concerns about fraud first emerged after the trust ran a data matching exercise on payroll and accounts payable records, along with Company House records, the Authority said.
It is first investigated by the Local Counter Fraud Specialist provider before being scaled to a national level once the probable size of the losses involved becomes clear.
The investigation found that in the invoices Stannard submitted, he also charged for VAT not passed to HMRC, making up £ 132,000 of the total amount he defrauded the NHS.
Stannard is due to appear in Chelmsford Crown Court for sentencing on 30 June 2021. ®
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