Westfield Health has welcomed an accountant’s conviction after he defrauded the Sheffield-based company out of over £8,000. Andrew Gwyn Thomas of Welshpool admitted making a series of false claims and falsifying GP referral forms, at Mold Crown Court on July 15. Thomas escaped an immediate custodial sentence but was given a 28-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered by the judge to pay £8,188 in compensation to Westfield Health, £340 in costs and must also carry out 300 hours of unpaid work in the community.
Julie Gill of Westfield Health says, “We welcome the outcome of this case. Our policyholders can be reassured that we will take appropriate action when we discover any falsified claims activity and that we will work to recover the monies in these instances. By clamping down on this kind of fraudulent activity, Westfield is continually working to protect all of our policyholders and the premiums that they pay.”
Thomas had contributed to a Westfield Health plan since 2001. The offences came to light after Westfield Health set up an investigation into Thomas’ claiming patterns, when it was found that Thomas’ doctor had not been referring him for the treatment being claimed and that the invoices were in fact false.