Birmingham dentist in £1.4m NHS fraud told to pay cash back

Joyce Trail was jailed in October 2012 Photo: ITV News Central

A dentist in Birmingham jailed for seven years for defrauding the NHS out of £1.4 million, has been ordered to pay the money back.

Joyce Trail was convicted in October 2012 for submitting over 7,000 false claims for work she never carried out, using the names of dead people and patients she had never met. Her practice was based on Hamstead Road in the Handsworth area of the city, from where she filed the fraudulent invoices.

Above ITV News Central reporter Callum Watkinson explains how Dr Joyce Trail carried out one of the biggest cases of fraud the NHS has ever seen.

Trail owned three properties, including her home in the exclusive area of Little Aston in Sutton Coldfield. She also amassed valuables including cars, jewellery and other items during the time she was committing her fraud.

Trail's luxury home in Park Drive, Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield Credit: ITV News Central

A judge at Warwick Crown Court issued a confiscation order of £358,281.87 which she must pay within 18 months. The court also issued Trail a compensation order of £1,376,423.83, meaning any assets she has now (or receives in future) up to this amount are liable to be claimed by the NHS.

Reacting to the court ruling that a dentist in Birmingham who defrauded the NHS out of more than £1.4 million for false work claims, the head of the National Investigation Service at NHS Protect, said:

"This is the sort of outcome the public wish to see. We will always seek to recover lost NHS funds. NHS Protect and other agencies will do all we can to recoup as much of the loss as possible so it can be spent properly, on caring for NHS patients".

– SUE FRITH, HEAD OF THE NATIONAL INVESTIGATION SERVICE AT NHS PROTECT