Shropshire

Welshpool and Drayton optician jailed for NHS fraud

The owner of two opticians in England and Wales has been jailed for committing over £23,000 worth of fraud against the NHS.

Robert Clowes made bogus NHS claims on behalf of clients at Drayton Eye Centre in Shropshire and Welshpool Eye Centre in Powys, between 2007 and 2009.

The 44-year-old from Kingsway in Crewe pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud on 6 December.

He was sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court to 27 months in jail.

Two of the six fraud charges related to his failure to inform the NHS that he had a previous conviction for dishonesty.

The NHS anti-fraud team for Shropshire said the crime came to light after routine checks with the practice's patients.

In the course of the checks patients reported their signatures had been forged for NHS voucher entitlements.

They also said they had not attended clinics on the dates indicated by Clowe's paperwork.

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