Northumberland husband and wife on fraud charges

A NURSE stands accused of fraudulently earning more than £100,000 in a job she was unqualified for.

Mark and Susan Kelly
Mark and Susan Kelly

A NURSE stands accused of fraudulently earning more than £100,000 in a job she was unqualified for.

Susan Kelly, 44, allegedly secured a job at a Newcastle NHS walk-in centre claiming she had a degree in health studies and a teaching qualification.

Mrs Kelly, of Kielder, Northumberland, appeared before magistrates yesterday charged with fraud, alongside her husband and co-accused Mark Kelly, 41.

The court was told during a period of sick leave bosses decided to check on her credentials.

Magistrates heard when management from the centre in Molineux Street, Byker contacted Sunderland University they were told Kelly had not completed her qualifications there.

Prosecutors allege that when Kelly was confronted about the fraud her husband, Mark Kelly, 41, created a false degree and teaching document.

The court heard Kelly had earned £108,000 between 2007 and 2010.

The couple, of South End, Kielder, entered no plea yesterday.

Magistrates declined jurisdiction and passed the matter up to Newcastle Crown Court.

Michael Baker, prosecuting on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions, said Kelly had applied for a job in November 2007.

He said: “In a nutshell, to obtain that important position she had to make formal application in writing and supplied information required by the NHS.

“In her application she made declarations, first that she had a degree from Sunderland University, and secondly that she had a teaching certificate from the university.

“Both of these were accepted on the face of it.”

Mr Baker said Kelly had enrolled on the university course but left before finishing the qualifications.

He said: “It seems she was on a degree course and didn’t finish it and didn’t get the degree. She didn’t get the teaching qualification either.” It was in February last year that Mark Kelly is alleged to have joined the fraud by creating false documents for his wife.

Mrs Kelly had been called for a disciplinary interview after “enquiries were made” by NHS bosses into her qualifications while she was off sick.

It is claimed she then presented bosses with the qualifications. They checked them with the university and were told they were fake.

Mr Baker said: “It seems Mr Kelly had printed these documents and given them to his wife so she could provide them to the health service to cover over the cracks on her application.”

Mr Baker added that Mrs Kelly had needed the degree qualification for the job as a nurse she had been given.

The couple were granted unconditional bail and were told they must attend the court again on February 7 when their case will be committed for trial at Newcastle Crown Court.

 

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