Dr Aled Meirion Jones, 41, who defrauded the Nationwide Well being Service (NHS) by stealing almost £68,000 whereas he labored as a kidney specialist, couldn’t return to hospital work, as a result of his suspension was prolonged.
Jones, from Rookwood Shut, Cardiff, labored as a registrar within the nephrology and transplant unit on the College Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. Between 2017 and 2019, he abused his place on the hospital, stole, and altered 420 cheques from the bereavement providers division value £33,235. He additionally claimed for exaggerated hours and locum shifts he had not labored, which totaled £34,185.
Admissions and Conviction
In March 2019, the South Wales Police arrested Jones at Cardiff & College Well being Board. He pleaded responsible to 2 costs of fraud by false illustration and abuse of place. He admitted his wrongdoings and acknowledged that he had misplaced £800,000, due to his playing habit.
On March 9, 2021, the Cardiff Crown Court docket sentenced him to 2 years imprisonment and suspended him for 2 years. As well as, the court docket ordered Jones to hold out 200 hours of unpaid work inside 12 months. In October 2021, the court docket suspended Jones’ medical license for a minimum of 12 months.
Restoration however Suspension
Jones utilized earlier than the tribunal to return to work. The tribunal reviewed items of proof in regards to the kidney specialist’s restoration from his playing habit. Nonetheless, on December 1, the court docket concluded that Jones was not able to return to his hospital work and consented to increase his suspension for an additional 4 months.
Based on the investigation, Aled Meirion Jones suffered from playing habit. He began to put wagers on World Cup soccer matches when he was finding out medication at Oxford College.
Jones remembers that it was when he was a pupil that he began betting, however couldn’t positively say when he grew to become hooked on playing. He remembers that there was a promotion in a newspaper and he and his buddies wagered £10 and received again £10 no matter profitable or dropping. That was the second when “the seed of the playing had been planted,” as Jones acknowledged.
Final yr the Cardiff Crown Court docket came upon that Jones’ flat had been repossessed when the kidney specialist didn’t handle to pay his mortgage. The medic additionally claimed earlier than the stated court docket that when he diverted the cheques, he thought that there was no sufferer of his fraud.
Jones acknowledged that he was very ashamed of his actions and he would at all times be. He confessed that he struggled with himself and his habit.