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Cheltenham nurse admits sick pay con

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

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A CHELTENHAM hospital nurse has admitted conning the NHS out of nearly £5,000 by claiming sick pay while she was working elsewhere.

Tatenda Nyamunokora committed fraud when she claimed long-term sick pay from the hospital at the same time as working for an agency.

The pregnant 30-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of fraud which saw her cheat £4,716 out of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust between August 24, 2012 and December 1, 2012.

Gloucester Crown Court heard that the theatre nurse, who is due to give birth in May, was working for A24 Group, which specialises in medical staffing, while claiming sick pay and saying she could not work at Cheltenham General Hospital.

Prosecutor Giles Nelson said: "She should not have been claiming sick pay as she was working for an agency at the same time. She was supplying sick notes by providing false information to her GP."

Nyamunokora, who now lives in Grays in Essex will be sentenced on March 14.

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