Asif Butt, a former practice manager at an NHS surgery in Birmingham, was today [Friday, 19 December] handed a two-year prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, at Birmingham Crown Court for fraud, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006.
He was also handed a 12-month supervision order, must pay £800 costs and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
Between 13/06/2012 and 04/08/2012, Asif Butt registered six people onto the NHS register allowing them access to free health care to which they were not entitled.
Mr Butt was caught by an undercover reporter for BBC’s Panorama. He asked to be paid £5,800 for the registrations of six people – all of whom did not exist.
The defendant knew that the six “people” he registered were not entitled to NHS health care as they were not legal residents in the UK.
The undercover reporter posed as one of these fictitious people and went on to obtain a free MRI scan as a result.
Ben Reid, senior prosecutor at the Crown Prosecution Service...
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