October 7, 2019 5.18 pm This story is over 49 months old

NHS fraudster jailed for 10 years for failing to pay money back

He went on to defraud public bodies across the UK out of £12 million

An NHS fraudster who stole nearly £9 million has been jailed for another nine years and eight months after failing to pay the money back.

Imtiaz Khoda, 46 and from Dubai, conned the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trusts out of nearly £1.3 million after submitting a fake invoice when a mental health unit was being built at St George’s, Lincoln.

Along with his criminal gang of 12 offenders, Khoda went on to defraud public bodies across the UK out of £12 million.

Khoda was jailed for five years and six months in November 2018 and barred from being a company director for five years for his part in the conspiracy.

As previously reported, Khoda was handed down the biggest confiscation order of its kind to the tune of £4,024,809.38.

Khoda only paid back £212,217 after three months and Birmingham Magistrates’ Court found what it called a willful refusal by the defendant to engage in the process.

Neil Hollingsworth, a financial investigator in the Economic Crime Unit, Lincolnshire Police, said: “We will continue to ensure fraudsters do not benefit from their criminal activity.

“Fraud investigations are inherently long and complex to investigate and the Proceeds of Crime Act allows any benefit obtained from a criminal lifestyle to be recovered.”