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Manager jailed over false prescriptions

The 50-year-old manager of a GP surgery who falsified prescriptions to feed his wife's painkiller addiction has been jailed for two years.

Philip Hunt, of Ferryside, Carmarthen, South Wales, was sentenced at Swansea Crown Court after admitting he used his position as manager of the Dderwendeg Medical Centre, in Trimsaran, West Wales, to print out prescriptions for his wife Caroline.

The fakes would be sent with legitimate prescriptions to a GP for an authorisation signature, and Hunt would then delete the transaction from his surgery's computer so that no record of it existed, the court heard.

His wife's addiction meant her legitimate prescription, on record at the surgery where she was a patient, was not enough to feed her cravings.

Hunt admitted five counts of possessing a Class B drug with intent and 11 counts of making a false instrument, namely prescriptions, over a 12-month period from January to December 2006.

The court heard that Hunt would print out prescriptions for up to 200 tramadol hydrochloride or dihydrocodene tablets for his wife.

Graham Dainty, NHS Counter Fraud's operational fraud manager for Wales, said: "We are delighted with the outcome to the investigation, conducted by the Local Counter Fraud Specialist (LCFS) for Mid and West Wales with our support."

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