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PCT finance head jailed for £2.2m NHS fraud


29 July 2014

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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. 

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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