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PCT finance head jailed for £2.2m NHS fraud

PCT finance head jailed for £2.2m NHS fraud


A former primary care trust (PCT) finance head has been jailed for five years and  four months after defrauding the NHS out of £2.2 million. 

Trevor Cosson, 38, was head of financial accounting at East Sussex Downs & Weald PCT and Hastings & Rother PCT. 

Cosson used the money to buy eleven properties in East Sussex and London. 

When Sussex & Surrey commissioning support unit (CSU) took over financial matters from the PCT an audit uncovered suspicious payments of thousands of pounds. 

Between 2008 and 2011 Cosson authorised £810,000 worth of standing order payments which were set up in the name of regular suppliers but credited his accounts. 

And he approved £1.4 million worth of payments to himself through internal payments systems in 2011 and 2012. 

Sussex & Surrey CSU referred the issue to NHS Protect for investigation. 

Sue Frith, head of the national investigation service at NHS Protect said: “Mr Cosson’s dishonesty resulted in the theft of over £2m from two local health bodies. He abused his position of trust so that he could live a lifestyle that he could not afford. Stealing from the NHS is not a victimless crime as this money could have been used to provide healthcare locally. 

“The sentence reflects the seriousness of Cosson’s crime and will act as a deterrent to others.”


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