Leeds couple who scammed NHS ordered to pay back £600k

Leeds couple who scammed NHS ordered to pay back £600k
 Leeds couple who scammed NHS ordered to pay back £600k

A husband and wife who lived a lavish lifestyle after defrauding the NHS out of £3.4million have been stripped of assets totalling almost £600,000.

Neil Wood abused his position as an NHS manager to gets kickbacks from a company controlled by his wife Lisa.

The corrupt couple used the money to fund expensive football tickets, Christmas presents and family holidays.

Wood also organised lavish away days for his management team including a weekend away in London where they stayed in the Mandarin Hotel in Hyde Park, had lunch at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen and enjoyed a private dining experience at Gordon Ramsey’s Maze restaurant.

The pair appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Tuesday, where a confiscation order was made for £598,720. The confiscated funds will all be returned to the NHS as compensation.

To meet the order, the couple will have to sell their property, worth around £2million, and pay in excess of £332,000 from frozen bank accounts.

leeds couple who scammed nhs ordered to pay back 600k Leeds couple who scammed NHS ordered to pay back £600k

Wood was jailed for four years and eight months after his corruption came to light

Unless the money is paid within three months, the court will impose custodial sentences totalling six years.

The couple, who have four children under 12, were sentenced in January 2016 following a two-year investigation by authorities.

The team looked in to the tendering process for training contracts and fraudulent expense claims by NHS employee Neil Wood over a seven-year period while working at Leeds and York Partnership Trust and NHS England.

NHS contract manager Neil Wood, 42, the initiator in the scam, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by abuse of position, one count of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and was sentenced to four years and eight months imprisonment.

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He had worked for the NHS between 2003 to 2013.

Lisa Wood, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and 150 hours of community service.

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The couple now face having to sell their £2million home to pay the confiscation bill

Senior Financial Investigator Dermot Fairhurst, of the North East Regional Asset Recovery Team, said: ‘It is particularly galling that corrupt officials working within the public sector chose to enrich themselves at the public’s expense at a time when NHS budgets are already stretched.

‘I’m pleased that the confiscated funds will be paid back to the NHS by way of compensation.’

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