Hospital locksmith defrauded NHS out of £600k by hiring his own firm

first_imgIt is the first conviction secured by the NHSCFA since its establishment as a special health authority in November 2017.”This is a significant and rewarding outcome for the NHSCFA, and sends a clear message that we will intervene and take action against those who commit fraud against the NHS and who take money originally intended for patient care for their own personal gain,” said Sue Frith, interim chief executive of the NHSCFA.”Andrew Taylor exploited his position at Guy’s and St Thomas’ to satisfy his own greed and personal lifestyle.”The sentence imposed today should act as a clear deterrent to anyone else who thinks that NHS funds are there for their own gain, instead of being there to meet the healthcare needs of everyone.”The NHSCFA’s action now continues to pursue the money taken by Taylor in order to return it to the NHS.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The chief locksmith at a major hospital trust defrauded it out of nearly £600,000 by hiring his own supply firm and charging a 1,200 per cent mark-up on goods, a court heard.Andrew Taylor, who was the main locksmith for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London, was found guilty of fraud by abuse of position at Inner London Crown Court and jailed for six years.The 55-year-old, of London, was responsible for obtaining a best value quotes for locksmith supplies, but purchased locksmith materials from a company that he owned himself.According to the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA), which investigated the case, he failed to declare a conflict of interest and charged “extortionate” mark-up prices, some up to 1,200%.Taylor started to work at the hospital trust as a carpenter in 1998 and was appointed permanent locksmith in 2006.  Between 2007 and 2013, a company called Surety Security supplied Guy’s and St Thomas’ with locksmith materials.Investigators found that apart from two very low value jobs, Surety Security had no customer other than Guy’s and St Thomas’.  It was later discovered that the company was owned and controlled by Taylor. Andrew Taylor, the chief locksmith at a major London hospital trust, who was jailed for fraudcenter_img When the deception was discovered Taylor was suspended, and resigned before disciplinary procedures were completed.The NHSCFA said Taylor abused his position of trust to defraud his employer of £598,524.27. Andrew Taylor, the chief locksmith at a major London hospital trust, who was jailed for fraudCredit:NHSCFA/PAlast_img read more