Sick leave nurse with second job claimed £10,000

First published in Local News

A NURSE defrauded a mental health trust out of more than £10,000 by claiming sick pay, while she was working in a second job.

Runwell Hospital nurse Tendayi Nyamutambo submitted doctor’s certificates stating she was stressed and depressed.

But she then travelled to St Luke’s Hospital, in Attleborough, Norfolk, to work, Chelmsford Crown Court was told.

The 32-year-old nurse of Shakespeare Drive, Westcliff, denied making false representations to South Essex Partnership Trust between February and June 2008. However, she was convicted by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court earlier this month.

At her sentencing, she was handed a 12-month community order and told she must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

The court was told Nyamu-tambo started a second job at St Luke’s in October 2007.

She continued there while she was getting the sick pay from her job at Runwell Hospital, which added up to £7,159 net from a gross payment of £10,136.

St Luke’s eventually found out and terminated her employment, said prosecutor Robin Du Preez.

Nyamutambo had claimed she was unaware the £7,000 had been paid into her account and that she had not intended to commit fraud.

Her solicitor, Simon Gledhill told Judge Laura Harris: “Her payments came to an end because she stopped submitting sickness certificates.” He pointed out she had successfully balanced two roles, working enormous hours a week and travelling between the two locations, with no complaints about her work.

Mr Gledhill added Nyamutambo had continued to work for South Essex Partnership Trust without any problems, and was a dedicated nurse, but now stood to lose “the job she loves and worked so hard for”.

Judge Laura Harris, who imposed the sentence, said she was not ordering the defendant to pay compensation to the trust.

She told Nyamutambo it was a serious breach of trust. “You have paid very dearly for this fraud because your employment with South Essex Partnership Trust is now in jeopardy, and your whole future as a nurse is now in jeopardy.”

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12:13pm Thu 1 Jul 10

Ian P says...

"At her sentencing, she was handed a 12-month community order and told she must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work." By not having to compensate the tax payers for the £10,000 claimed this actually works out at £50-00 per hour and they say crime does not pay!
"At her sentencing, she was handed a 12-month community order and told she must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work." By not having to compensate the tax payers for the £10,000 claimed this actually works out at £50-00 per hour and they say crime does not pay! Ian P
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12:14pm Thu 1 Jul 10

jackdt09 says...

What? Foreign people coming into the country and then claiming benefits? Unheard of!
What? Foreign people coming into the country and then claiming benefits? Unheard of! jackdt09
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1:00pm Thu 1 Jul 10

Prittlewell Man says...

Reading that last paragraph is this woman still employed?
Reading that last paragraph is this woman still employed? Prittlewell Man
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1:19pm Thu 1 Jul 10

Nebs says...

Judge Laura Harris, who imposed the sentence, said she was not ordering the defendant to pay compensation to the trust.
Marvellous. So I'll be paying. And you. And everyone else who pays taxes.
Why not just tax everyone at 100% and give the money to all the cheats and scroungers, at least we could save some money by not having to employ court staff and judges.
Judge Laura Harris, who imposed the sentence, said she was not ordering the defendant to pay compensation to the trust. Marvellous. So I'll be paying. And you. And everyone else who pays taxes. Why not just tax everyone at 100% and give the money to all the cheats and scroungers, at least we could save some money by not having to employ court staff and judges. Nebs
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2:09pm Thu 1 Jul 10

Discouraged says...

Judge Laura Harris should not write off money she didn't have to pay. The thief should pay it back.
Judge Laura Harris should not write off money she didn't have to pay. The thief should pay it back. Discouraged
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5:14pm Thu 1 Jul 10

firedog says...

Now that we have a new government in power,these people are going to get there wrists slapped even harder,and when they shut all the prisons they will have to send them to Butlins.
Now that we have a new government in power,these people are going to get there wrists slapped even harder,and when they shut all the prisons they will have to send them to Butlins. firedog
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6:05pm Thu 1 Jul 10

bob7bob says...

Why did it not surprise me that this criminal had a name that looked like it had been taken randomly from a bag of Scrabble letters?
Why did it not surprise me that this criminal had a name that looked like it had been taken randomly from a bag of Scrabble letters? bob7bob
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8:30pm Thu 1 Jul 10

bobck says...

"Nyamutambo had claimed she was unaware the £7,000 had been paid into her account and that she had not intended to commit fraud."

How many people are "unaware" when £7,000 drops into their account? I'd bloody notice!! Another greedy, money grabbing parasite..how the solicitor can represent her and say how well she did her job, which she now stands to lose is beyond me. Good, I hope she does lose her job. Maybe she won't be so effin greedy next time and she'll know what "depressed and stressed" really feels like!!

On second thoughts.......she'l
l start claiming for all sorts, so maybe not.
"Nyamutambo had claimed she was unaware the £7,000 had been paid into her account and that she had not intended to commit fraud." How many people are "unaware" when £7,000 drops into their account? I'd bloody notice!! Another greedy, money grabbing parasite..how the solicitor can represent her and say how well she did her job, which she now stands to lose is beyond me. Good, I hope she does lose her job. Maybe she won't be so effin greedy next time and she'll know what "depressed and stressed" really feels like!! On second thoughts.......she'l l start claiming for all sorts, so maybe not. bobck
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11:40pm Thu 1 Jul 10

galoot says...

Hope they strike her off the Nursing Midwifery Council register as she is obviously not a fit and proper person.
Hope they strike her off the Nursing Midwifery Council register as she is obviously not a fit and proper person. galoot
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