NHS fire and risk assessment officer fined for fraud

Accirding to the Manchester Evening News (30 January 2009), an NHS fire and risk assessment officer has been sacked and ordered to pay out more than £5,000 after falsely claiming travel expenses.

Mark Ashton cheated East Cheshire NHS Trust out of more than £1,000 by claiming mileage for made-up journeys.

Ashton, 50, of London Road South, Poynton, who had worked as a fire and risk assessment officer for the trust since 2001, admitted fraud by false representation at Macclesfield magistrates court.

He was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay back £1,181 in compensation and more than £4,000 in costs.

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