A MAN who lied about “virtually every thing” conned the NHS out of £350,000, claiming he was a physician.

Phillip Hufton, 52, lived a “lavish life-style” for 17 months after he lied to get a job the place he faked bills and went on imaginary enterprise journeys funded by the NHS.

Police mentioned Hufton lied about ‘virtually every thing’
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He was sacked in January 2016 after an inner NHS investigation discovered a number of discrepancies in his work time and bills.

In a single occasion Hufton, from Cheadle Hume in Cheshire, was discovered to have run up a £9,000 bill invoice for a faux work journey when he was really on vacation within the USA.

He then arrange a faux electronic mail account to authorise £13,000 of bills whereas on the bogus break.

He additionally claimed to have been within the military the place he saved “numerous lives within the UN” and would additionally exhibit images of himself sporting faux medals.

Hufton confirmed off footage of himself sporting faux medals
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A court docket heard on Thursday that whereas he labored at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Basis Belief (CPFT) he additionally pretended to have most cancers and took day off for surgical procedure which was by no means carried out.

Hufton, who labored at Fulbourn Hospital from September 2014 to January 2016 as a enterprise improvement supervisor was employed to advertise the belief’s enterprise within the Center East.

Sergeant Andy Denzey of Cambridgeshire Police mentioned: “In interview with myself and different officers, Hufton initially said all of this was an enormous misunderstanding.

“Nevertheless, over the subsequent hour and a half he finally admitted that he lied about virtually every thing. His lies had been virtually past perception.

“He admitted to claiming to be in Jordan while really on vacation in America together with his household. He admitted to mendacity about having most cancers.

An investigation discovered most of his instructional claims to be false
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“Hufton precipitated an amazing inconvenience and a considerable amount of stress to all concerned, turning his hand to criminality with a purpose to fund his private life.”

Cambridge Crown Courtroom heard Hufton additionally claimed to carry membership of quite a few skilled our bodies, such because the Royal Society of Medication, however these had been all discovered to have been false or had lapsed.

In October 2015, Hufton advised the belief he was working in Amman visiting refugee camps, claiming £9,000 in bills, however GPRS from his cellphone positioned him within the USA and the Caribbean Islands.

Investigations revealed Hufton emailed a photograph of a refugee camp he had discovered on Google to a colleague, with the title “off to the workplace”.

In December 2015, Hufton booked to remain on the Marriott Lodge in Cambridge and booked a flight to Doha for a four-day journey.

The unauthorised journey value the belief £2,837 and on the time Hufton had been off work because of “sickness”.

Enquiries about Hufton’s CV discovered nearly all of his instructional claims to be false.

He claimed to have a PhD, a grasp’s diploma and 5 different diplomas.

In actuality, he solely had a Bachelor of Nursing Diploma however continued to name himself a physician.

At a earlier court docket listening to, Hufton pleaded responsible to 2 counts of fraud by false illustration on the premise that the monetary profit to him was solely £173,000 and never the total quantity of £349,383.

Throughout sentencing, Decide Jonathan Cooper advised Hufton the offences had helped him fund a lavish life-style and he later took steps to make it more durable for his employer to report his actions.

Hufton was jailed for 5 years.

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