A NURSE jailed after she lied about her qualifications and used shoddily forged documents to back up her claims has been freed on appeal.
Susan Kelly, 45, of South End, Butteryhaugh, Kielder, was a highly qualified nurse when she applied for a new job at a nurse-led walk-in centre in Byker, Newcastle, in 2008. The job involved a high degree of responsibility because she was not working under the guidance of doctors and, to back up her application, Kelly said she had completed a degree at Sunderland University in 1996 and a teaching qualification at Sunderland College in 1994.
However, when issues about her attendance and performance were raised by her employers, an investigation showed she had dropped out of her degree after the first year.
When asked to produce proof of her qualifications, she presented documents forged by using a scanner.
Kelly was jailed for eight months on May 20 at Newcastle Crown Court, after pleading guilty to four counts of fraud.
Judges at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, yesterday suspended Kelly’s sentence, saying “what she did was incredibly serious” but that “the sentence ought to have been suspended, given the mitigation and the low risk of re-offending”.