Ben Reid, a prosecutor with the Specialist Fraud Division at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “I have authorised Asif Butt to be charged with one count of fraud by abuse of position, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006.
“As surgery manager, Asif Butt was in a position of trust at Sparbrook community and health centre, Birmingham. It is alleged that between 13 June 2012 and 4 August 2012, he committed fraud by dishonestly arranging for six people to be added to the NHS register, giving them access to free health care. Those six people were not entitled to free health care because they were not legally resident in the UK. It is further alleged that one of the six, who was an undercover journalist, obtained a free MRI scan and that Mr Butt asked to be paid £5,800.
“The decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have decided that there is a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.
“Mr Butt will appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on 6th August.
“Mr Butt has the right to a fair trial and it is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”