A GP is dealing with jail after he defrauded a healthcare group out of an “astonishing” sum of money.
Skilled physician Rumi Chhapia might face a prolonged jail sentence after embezzling greater than £1.1 million in lower than two months.
The 45-year-old doctor from Southsea, Hampshire, took benefit after his colleague went off sick and handed him entry to essential enterprise accounts, prosecutors say.
He appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Courtroom on Wednesday charged with fraud.
Standing within the dock carrying a pink shirt, tie and a face masks, Chhapia indicated a plea of responsible to the one offence.
Prosecutor Lucy Linington advised the court docket: “In a 41-day interval this defendant has embezzled £1,133,704.50.
“And on the time of this offence he was an appointed director of what’s in any other case often called the Portsmouth Major Care Alliance Restricted.”
The group – often called the PPCA – is a set of GP practices working collectively in and round Portsmouth.
Its position within the metropolis included tendering an out-of-hours GP service to the NHS, the court docket heard.
Ms Linington added: “On the time of this offence a director was signed off sick and subsequently gave physician Chhapia the liberty and the permission at that stage to have entry to the enterprise accounts of the PPCA.”
She mentioned the abuse of belief concerned within the offence was “vital” as a result of Chhapia’s place on the PPCA and the sum of money concerned.
Chhapia has since repaid £233,000, magistrates have been advised.
The physician, of Lennox Street North in Southsea, was advised that his offending was so severe that he have to be sentenced on the Crown Courtroom.
He was launched on bail and is predicted to look at Portsmouth Crown Courtroom on October 22.