Newport hospital worker overpayed £6k, court told

A NURSING assistant who pocketed thousands of pounds in wage overpayments after quitting a part-time job at her hospital has been given 125 hours unpaid work.

St Woolos worker Karen Edwards, 43, admitted the dishonesty when fraud investigators discovered she had wrongly received £6,370 over three years, a court heard.

Edwards was a “loyal” employee but “stuck her head in the sand” when the clerical job payments continued to be credited to her account at a “difficult time in her life”, Cardiff Crown Court heard.

Edwards spent all the money on bills, petrol and other expenses, said Tom Roberts, for the prosecution.

Edwards, of Clearwell Court, Newport, was later sacked by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, the court heard.

Judge Jonathan Ferris told the court: “It is not as bad as putting her hand in the till but she stole over £6,000 from the NHS.”

Edwards pleaded guilty to one count of dishonesty by failing to disclose information to make a gain for herself under the Fraud Act 2006.

Timothy Hartland, defending, said she had generally been a loyal and hard-working employee but had gone through a difficult time in her life.

He also stressed that she had pleaded guilty to the charge at the first opportunity at a magistrates’ court hearing.

Edwards received the overpayments between April 2010 and March this year, the court was told.

She is now unemployed and has not repaid one penny of the money that she owes, the court heard.

Judge Ferris made an £8,000 compensation order including national insurance contributions for the health board, which is pursuing the matter in a civil action.

He also ordered Edwards completes 125 hours unpaid work in the next 12 months and pays £250 prosecution costs.

In a statement issued after the hearing, the health board said: “The reality of the matter is that this individual’s conduct defrauded funds from the public purse and any such loss of funds could ultimately have a detrimental impact on patient care. This type of conduct on the part of an NHS employee is dishonest and unacceptable and the NHS will take appropriate action against any member of staff who behaves in this manner.”

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6:14pm Mon 16 Dec 13

exrisca says...

Assume that the headline writer means, "overpaid?"
Assume that the headline writer means, "overpaid?" exrisca

6:59am Tue 17 Dec 13

kez1968 says...

she stuck her head in the sand when her payments continued!!! no she's a thief and stole it.@
she stuck her head in the sand when her payments continued!!! no she's a thief and stole it.@ kez1968

9:38am Tue 17 Dec 13

Baldrobins says...

How come The Argus cannot spell overpaid? come on now get back to basics guys.
How come The Argus cannot spell overpaid? come on now get back to basics guys. Baldrobins

12:36pm Tue 17 Dec 13

_Bryan_ says...

I would suggest that the headline writer is the one being "overpayed"
I would suggest that the headline writer is the one being "overpayed" _Bryan_

10:48pm Tue 17 Dec 13

county mad says...

The headline is correct wages are payed bills are paid back to school for some!!
The headline is correct wages are payed bills are paid back to school for some!! county mad

10:16am Wed 18 Dec 13

Lliswerry Man says...

county mad wrote:
The headline is correct wages are payed bills are paid back to school for some!!
There is no such word as Overpayed in that context. The Argus really should be proof checking staff posts, errors occur accepted, but there is google, and I use it often when I am unsure of a particular word, or spellcheck.

This woman is a criminal end of, she knew the money was not for her and said nothing until found out. Greed nothing more. One has to wonder how the wage department at Aneurin Bevan Health actually missed it in the first place.
Poor skills in the workplaces lately, as stated in low educational exam results in Wales. People spend far too much time with faces in their mobile phones or computers !! rather than doing the job they are "paid" to do.
Does make one wonder what else they have missed !!
[quote][p][bold]county mad[/bold] wrote: The headline is correct wages are payed bills are paid back to school for some!![/p][/quote]There is no such word as Overpayed in that context. The Argus really should be proof checking staff posts, errors occur accepted, but there is google, and I use it often when I am unsure of a particular word, or spellcheck. This woman is a criminal end of, she knew the money was not for her and said nothing until found out. Greed nothing more. One has to wonder how the wage department at Aneurin Bevan Health actually missed it in the first place. Poor skills in the workplaces lately, as stated in low educational exam results in Wales. People spend far too much time with faces in their mobile phones or computers !! rather than doing the job they are "paid" to do. Does make one wonder what else they have missed !! Lliswerry Man

1:18pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Jimport says...

county mad wrote:
The headline is correct wages are payed bills are paid back to school for some!!
'Overpaid' is the past participle of 'overpay'. The only thing that can be 'payed' is the deck of a wooden ship. Whether or not such a deck can be 'overpayed' would depend on how much tar the captain wants all over his ship!
[quote][p][bold]county mad[/bold] wrote: The headline is correct wages are payed bills are paid back to school for some!![/p][/quote]'Overpaid' is the past participle of 'overpay'. The only thing that can be 'payed' is the deck of a wooden ship. Whether or not such a deck can be 'overpayed' would depend on how much tar the captain wants all over his ship! Jimport

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