Ex-NHS boss used taxi account after quitting

Fairclough fraudulently charged taxis to the NHS

Fairclough fraudulently charged taxis to the NHS

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A FORMER health boss used her NHS taxi account for personal use after she left the organisation.

Christine Fairclough, 41, kept using the account despite quitting as head of communications at NHS Health Scotland to take up a new job with Tesco Bank. She used fake names and those of ex-colleagues to take more than 100 private journeys worth £800.

During an investigation, NHS Scotland Counter Fraud Services (CFS) called the mobile number used to book the taxis – and Fairclough answered.

She claimed her phone had been stolen and had just been returned to her, but later admitted abusing the account.

Fairclough, from Edinburgh, was today ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to fraud.

Gordon Young, head of CFS, said: “Christine Fairclough’s actions were blatantly fraudulent and by pleading guilty and subsequently paying back the monies in full, she has recognised this.”