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Healthcare recruiter jailed for claiming £300,000 in shifts he never worked

Adam Ramthor, 24, was jailed for two years at Inner London Crown Court (Central News)

A medical recruitment consultant has been jailed for two years for cheating his bosses out of £300,000.

Adam Ramthor, 24, worked for Positive Mental Health (PMH), an agency hired by hospitals to fill staffing shortages with locum doctors and nurses.

He faked 173 time-sheets between 1 November 2018 and 20 August 2019 and PMH estimated their total loss from the fraud could be more than £300,000.

Ramthor, of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, admitted fraud by abuse of position and possession of criminal property.

He was jailed for two years at Inner London Crown Court and told he will serve half the term before he is released on licence.

Ramthor received a substantial commission on top of his £26,000 salary for every hour his recruits worked, the court heard.

He was in charge of recruiting locum doctors for two mental health hospitals in Colchester, Essex, and Woking, Surrey, run by the private healthcare company Cygnet Health Care.

He was confronted by his bosses on 13 August 2019 and immediately admitted the con.

Prosecutor Arizuna Asante said: ‘Timesheets were being sent fraudulently and being submitted for times the contractor was not at that site.

‘He was on annual leave when this was discovered, and when he returned he was confronted by management.

‘He held up his hands to what he did, although he only admitted to falsifying the documents that had been identified at that stage and said there was no more.

‘Over 800 shifts were claimed, that had not been worked, generating over £270,000 in invoices.’

Kate O’Raghallaigh, for Ramthor, said the defendant had been dealing with drug and alcohol abuse for the past four years.

Judge Ben Kelleher told Ramthor: ‘There are prospects of rehabilitation in your case, but the appropriate punishment can only be immediate custody.’

Ramthor was previously jailed for 21 months in 2018 for drunkenly sexually assaulting a woman as they both got off a train at Broxbourne station in Hertfordshire.

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