1. ITV Report

NHS worker jailed for exploiting job to steal more than half a million pounds from a leading cancer hospital

An NHS worker has been jailed for exploiting her job to steal more than half a million pounds from a world-leading cancer hospital.

Stacey Tipler altered payment details at the Royal Marsden Hospital in a scam that resulted in just over £642,000 meant for cancer drugs being diverted and spent in part on shopping sprees and mortgage payments.

Stacey Tipler Credit: PA

Stacey Tipler substituted account numbers of pharmaceutical firms who were due payment with the details of men recruited by her partner - and the ringleader of the plot - Scott Chaplin. He was jailed for five and a half years.

Royal Marsden Hospital, Chelsea Credit: PA

Judge Anthony Leonard QC said Chaplin was the "main instigator" but Tipler was "invaluable" to the scam, which he said could had been catastrophic for the hospital's patients.

It could only have been you who could have come up with the sophisticated and ingenious methods to ensure that your fraud went undetected. I am satisfied that it was not you who had the idea to defraud the hospital. It is my judgment that on your own this fraud would not have been committed. That said once the idea was there..the position of trust you held made you invaluable in achieving the fraud. The skill which you showed in trying to ensure the fraud would go undiscovered was very great and very dishonest. It was a very clever but dishonest fraud.

– Judge Anthony Leonard, Southwark Crown Court

Sue Frith, head of the National Investigation Service at NHS Protect, said:

This gang stole a large amount of money from the NHS which was intended for patient care. The Royal Marsden is world-famous for its treatment of cancer patients and the funds stolen could have paid for radiotherapy, chemotherapy and cancer drugs. These custodial sentences reflect the seriousness of the offences and will act as a powerful deterrent to others. All suspicions of fraud reported to NHS Protect will be followed up and investigated wherever appropriate. We press for prosecution of offenders and seek the strongest possible sanctions.

– Sue Frith, Head of the National Investigation Service at NHS Protect