Story by Megi Rychikova in The Press.
A senior manager and two of his accomplices have been jailed for a total of nearly ten years for a £3.5 million fraud on the NHS.
Among the trusts Neil Wood, 41, plundered over seven years was the trust responsible for Bootham Park Hospital until October last year – Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
When he worked at the trust and later after he moved to a post with NHS England, Wood, 41, siphoned off funds for himself, his wife Lisa, 40, and his friends Huw Grove, 43, and Terry Dixon, 46.
Neil Wood and Grove exchanged emails in which they planned to charge the NHS for tickets for sports event, trips to London, dinners in expensive restaurants and other items.
According to Simon Higginbotham, specialist fraud lawyer at the CPS, Wood received more than half of the £3.5 million he took from the Yorkshire trust, Leeds Community Healthcare Trust and NHS England, by outsourcing service contracts to his friends for work that could have been done in-house.
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