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Mrs Mopp Comes Clean over £40k Fraud

6 May 2010

Hospital worker admits cheating on her overtime

A hospital cleaner yesterday admitted stealing nearly £40,000 by altering her work timesheets.

Sly Joanne Jamieson, 40, got her boss to sign off on her hours – then added more.

She was only caught when the hospital overspent on its budget and an audit was carried out.

Jamieson admitted defrauding £37,865.60 from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde between April 2006 and July 2008.

Gulnaz Bari, prosecuting, told Glasgow Sheriff Court that Jamieson started working as a cleaner at the city's Stobhill Hospital in August 2002.

The mum-of-two, of Springburn, Glasgow, became a part-time administration assistant in 2004 but still worked occasionally as a cleaner.

The court heard each week she would fill out a form detailing the extra cleaning hours she had worked.

Ms Bari said: "The form was then authorised by the line manger and passed back to the accused for forwarding on to the payroll department.

"However, upon receipt of the forms, the accused altered them to add hours which she had not worked."

Abused

Sheriff Daniel Convery deferred sentence until next month for reports and Jamieson was released on bail.

Last night, Maggie Worsfold, of NHS Scotland Counter Fraud Services, said: "Joanne Jamieson deliberately abused the trust given to her and stole tens of thousands of pounds which should have gone directly into frontline patient care.

"The victims of this crime are the Scottish public and we will work to ensure money meant for frontline care is used as intended and does not go into the pockets of fraudsters."

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