Illegal immigrant used forged documents to claim �116k from NHS in Havering
An illegal immigrant who used forged identity papers to secure NHS jobs and a sponsored university place in Havering - costing tax payers more than �110k - received a six month suspended jail sentence.
Nursing student Mojisola Madandola, 44, of Vicarage Road, Stratford, produced two different forged passports to work at Havering PCT – now NHS Outer North East London – and to secure an NHS-funded place at London South Bank University, an NHS press release says.
She was paid nearly �95,500 from April 2005 to March 2011, the Inner London Crown Court heard on Wednesday (October 19).
Her tuition fees cost NHS London a further �20,722.
She faced five charges in relation to false applications to the NHS Trust and the university, the production of two forged passports and the possession of a blank counterfeit birth certificate.
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She pleaded guilty to three counts and the court left two to remain on file.
Madandola began working for the NHS in February 2002 as a healthcare assistant.
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To support her application she produced a Nigerian passport bearing a purported Home Office stamp which granted her indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
The passport also bore a Heathrow immigration officer’s stamp, dated August 1997.
Both were found to be false by the NHS Protect investigation.
A second false passport was used to gain a place at London South Bank.
Investigators checked it with the UK Border Agency and it was confirmed to be false, with a serial number belonging to a genuine document issued to another person in 1994.
Madandola was refused UK residency in 2006, a decision upheld after she appealed.
She was arrested on work placement shift at Whipps Cross Hospital, London.
A search of her home uncovered various documents including the blank, counterfeit UK birth certificate.
On July 8 she was summarily dismissed by NHS Outer North East London.
Mick Hayes, anti-fraud lead at NHS Protect, said: “She may have deprived a genuinely eligible student from taking up a university place and serving the NHS.”