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GP manager guilty of not declaring past convictions

9 March 2010

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A woman previously imprisoned for stealing from her work has been convicted of lying about her criminal past when starting a new job.

Brenda Ward, 55, who once managed a GP practice in Shropshire and was jailed for stealing £38,000 from her then employer, has been ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service.

A Birmingham Crown Court judges accused her of being “fundamentally dishonest” and told her she will be jailed for a long time if she was caught offending again. Ward admitted failing to disclose information after an investigation by West Midlands Police and the NHS Counter Fraud Service.

She was convicted for a £110,000 fraud, committed in 1992 when she worked for the National Farmers Union, and was sentenced in February 2008 to 20 months in jail.

In June 2009 Ward received a 36-week suspended sentence at Birmingham Crown Court for not declaring her criminal convictions when she applied to manage a GP practice in Sutton Coldfield. Unknown to the court, Ward was at the time a GP practice manager at First Care Practice in Balsall Heath, Birmingham.

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