NHS nurse in £750,000 insurance scam gets banned

Fraudster was found guilty and sacked from her job at a local general hospital

NHS nurse in £750,000 insurance scam gets banned

Motor & Fleet

By Louie Bacani

An NHS nurse from Wales has been struck off for a year after faking a road accident and injuries as part of a bigger crash-for-cash scam.
Nicola Bartlett, 50, pocketed an insurance payout worth £16,764 after staging an accident in 2010. She was charged with conspiracy to defraud and found guilty by a jury at Cardiff Crown Court in 2015.
Wales News Service is now reporting that Bartlett has also been banned from working as a registered nurse until May 2018. She was earlier sacked from her job at Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, a general hospital in Hengoed, near Caerphilly.

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According to the report, the police had investigated the garage in Newport that wrote off Bartlett’s supposedly damaged vehicle. The four-year probe discovered that the garage helped stage 28 bogus crashes from 2009 to 2011, with payouts totaling £750,000.
The Daily Mail reported that 81 people were involved in the fake accidents, including Bartlett who was sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years. She was also ordered to repay £1,350 and complete 250 hours of community service.
Judge Daniel Williams told Bartlett: “You lied to your insurers, and you persisted in those lies at trial. By then, of course, you were trapped in the lies that you had told before.”

“You were unable to confront the truth because of the consequences to you and your career,” the magistrate was quoted as saying in the reports.

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