Hospital IT manager Barry Stannard guilty of £ 800,000 fraud
A former hospital IT manager has been convicted of cheating the NHS over more than £ 800,000 in a seven-year supply scam.
Barry David Stannard appeared in court to admit two counts of misrepresentation fraud and two counts of government revenue fraud while working as a senior IT director for the Mid Essex Hospital Trust ( MEHT).
The 53-year-old, from Chelmsford, and previously from Hadleigh, Suffolk, was responsible for unified communications at MEHT, which has since merged with the Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, when the breaches took place.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard on Wednesday that concerns were raised after the trust ran a data matching exercise on its payroll and ‘accounts payable’ records, alongside the Companies’ records. House.
While Stannard submitted a “ no return ” declaration of interest form to the trust, an investigation confirmed that he was in fact the director of two companies which had received a large sum of money from the trust between 2012 and 2019.
No product or service billed by these companies has ever been delivered to the NHS.
The first investigations were carried out by the local anti-fraud specialist provider, RSM, and the investigation was brought to the national level investigation by the NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) as the likely magnitude of the losses was emerging.
The NHSCFA said hundreds of invoices submitted by Stannard’s own companies to the MEHT were all individually for relatively small amounts – meaning he was allowed to sign them without further verification.
On the invoices he submitted, Stannard also charged VAT which was never passed on to HMRC.
The quoted VAT registration number was wrong and linked to another legitimate company.
The VAT he charged to the NHS was £ 132,000 out of the total £ 806,229.80 he defrauded which came from MEHT’s IT budget.
Stannard is due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court for sentencing on June 30.
The NHSCFA has renewed its focus on procurement fraud and is encouraging more people to report any suspicions through established reporting lines.
If you suspect someone is committing fraud or other economic crime against the NHS, visit cfa.nhs.uk or call 0800 0284060.