Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Dentist and wife jailed for NHS fraud

A DENTIST and his wife who stole more than £37,000 from the NHS by claiming cash for “phantom patients” were beginning jail sentences today .

Newton Johnson, 52, and his practice manager wife Judith, 51, added the names of dead relatives, ex-neighbours and even Varlo, the pet dog of Mr Johnson’s sister Karen Robinson, to their patients’ list. She was astonished to find her Hungarian Wire-Haired Vizsla listed at the Johnsons’ practice in Inkerman Street, Llanelli, under the name Varlo Robinson.

At Swansea Crown Court yesterday the dentist, who falsely tried to blame his sister for the string of thefts, was jailed for 21 months while his wife got 18 months. Both admitted a catalogue of thefts from the NHS.

May 21 2008 by Robin Turner, Western Mail

Link to article here.