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Fraudsters to pay back over £160k after Royal Surrey bribe

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Fraudsters to pay back over £160k after Royal Surrey bribe

Published at 8:26am 9th November 2017.

A senior hospital official and an ICT supplier at the centre of a bribery scandal at the Royal Surrey County Hospital will have to pay back money they gained.

58 year-old Peter Lewis of Windlesham accepted corrupt payments in return for awarding a software contract worth £950,000 in the first year.

Mr Lewis was Director of Informatics at the Surrey hospital at the time.

A court heard that the ICT supplier, 42 year-old Richard Moxon of Wynbunbury in Cheshire, gave Mr Lewis £80,970 in return for the contract being awarded.

Lewis was not present in court but did not dispute the figure.

After the pair were sentenced in January 2017, Surrey Police began investigating how much the pair had benefitted from the fraud so they could claim it back for the NHS Trust. 

It is believed that ICT supplier Moxon had benefitted to the value of £502,032.

He had spent most of this income and only had tangible assets worth £801,168.69.

A court has now ordered that he must pay that sum within three months.

If Moxon comes into more money in the future, he will be pursued for the remaining money.

Mr Lewis has also been ordered to pay back over £80,000.

The pair are currently serving jail sentences too.

On 21 November 2016, Peter Lewis admitted one count of receiving corrupt payments at Guildford Crown Court. He was sentenced to three and a half years at Guildford Crown Court on 6 January 2017.

Meanwhile Richard Moxon admitted one count of giving corrupt payments at Guildford Crown Court on 8 March 2016. He was sentenced to fourteen months at Guildford Crown Court on 6 January 2017.

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Detective Inspector Matthew Durkin, from the Surrey Police Financial Investigation Team said: “Peter Lewis sought to greedily divert money from the NHS into his own pockets.

"While it was satisfying to see justice being served through a custodial sentence, it is more satisfying to see the money he made from his crime being confiscated from him and returned to the NHS where it belongs.

“Richard Moxon benefitted handsomely from his collusion in the fraud. This confiscation order forces him to give up substantial assets, including selling his home, in order to pay back some of what he owes."

Alf Turner, spokesman for the Trust, said: “Lewis fundamentally broke these foundations, grossly abusing the trust placed in him as highlighted by this case.

“The actions of Lewis and his accomplice (Moxon) not only defrauded Royal Surrey but also took money away from the very people that we are here to serve.

“We are delighted that following the confiscation hearing these vital funds will be returned to the Trust and reinvested in the care of our patients."

 

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