NHS cheated out of £74,000 by fraudulent dentist

Dental

After cheating the NHS of thousands of almost £75,000, Dr Sheena Lalani has faced prosecution.

The 46-year-old made up claims to increase the quantity of cash she received from the NHS. The inquiry discovered that the practitioner made fraudulent statements about doing 45 treatments per day, as well as moving the date of the claim back.

“She amassed a total of over £74,000 with 378 false claims between 2014 and 2017“

Despite claiming that she worked for five days a week, it was revealed that the dentist only went to her practice in Westminster twice a week. When asked why she owed the NHS money, the dentist stated it was because of bad bookkeeping and administrative concerns. She amassed a total of over £74,000 with 378 false claims between 2014 and 2017.

Changes to dates on record cards and treatment plans, as well as witness testimonies from individuals who never got treatment, are examples of evidence acquired in her prosecution. Her punishment consisted of a 20-month suspended sentence, 250 hours of unpaid community service and a court order that lasted 20 days.

Prior to the defendant being informed of the sentence for her charges, she was made to refund the amount she falsely took and paid extra which covered inflation.

The NHSCFA's chief of operations is Richard Rippin (NHS Counter Fraud Authority). He claims that most dentists are dedicated professionals who prioritise their patients' needs. Dr. Lalani, on the other hand, "abused her trusted position".

Every year, the NHS is estimated to be exposed to £1.14 billion in fraud, according to the NHSCFA.

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