Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland man swindled NHS with 250 fake taxi claims

By Staff Reporter

A man has been jailed for defrauding the health service of more than £9,000 - enough for 10 cataract eye procedures - after making around 250 fake taxi journey claims.

Vincent Barlow (53) of Florencecourt in Fermanagh was handed a four-month sentence at Enniskillen Magistrates Court.

Barlow had been found guilty of fraud by false representation and resisting police after dishonestly claiming travel expenses from the Western Health Trust.

An investigation established that between January 2013 and April 2015 Barlow, who was availing of the Hospital Travel Cost Scheme, submitted around 250 fake taxi firm receipts for journeys from his home to the South West Acute Hospital.

Donna Scott of the health service's counter fraud unit said: "Vincent Barlow's actions were blatantly fraudulent and, at a time when health service budgets face significant challenges, any loss of resources to fraud is going to impact on services."

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