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A former employee of Strabane Health Centre has been returned for trial on charges relating to false prescriptions and altering clinical record systems over an alleged five-year period

A former employee of Strabane Health Centre has been returned for trial on charges relating to false prescriptions and altering clinical record systems over an alleged five-year period

A former employee of Strabane Health Centre has been returned for trial on charges relating to false prescriptions and altering clinical record systems over an alleged five-year period

A former employee of Strabane Health Centre has been returned for trial on charges relating to false prescriptions and altering clinical record systems over an alleged five-year period.

Bernadette McCarter (62), with an address in St Johnston, Donegal, faces 14 fraud charges.

It is alleged McCarter dishonestly abused her position by accessing the centre's clinical records and adding false prescriptions.

She then presented them at pharmacies for dispensing.

McCarter then allegedly deleted all references to the prescriptions from the system.

The offending is alleged to have occurred on numerous dates between 2008 and 2013.

During a committal hearing yesterday a prosecuting lawyer told the court there is a case to answer, which was agreed by District Judge Mark McGarrity.

McCarter did not object to the proceedings and chose not to call witnesses or give evidence on her own behalf at this stage.

Judge Garrity remanded her on continuing bail and ordered her to appear before Dungannon Crown Court for arraignment next month.

Belfast Telegraph