Computer specialist sentenced for £5K eBay fraud after stealing from Doncaster hospital

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An IT specialist who stole equipment from a hospital and then sold it on eBay has been sentenced after an investigation by police and NHS fraud specialists.

Scott Gill, 39, of Manor Grove, Worksop, pleaded guilty to an offence under the Theft Act (1968) at Doncaster Magistrates Court, South Yorkshire (1st April 2016) and must serve a 250 hour community order. He must also pay compensation of £5,000 to Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

He was employed as an IT specialist by the Trust from September 2005. An anonymous tip off was received via NHS Protect’s Fraud & Corruption Reporting Line (FCRL) which alleged that Gill had obtained computer equipment from the Trust and was selling it on eBay. Further investigations revealed that the goods sold on eBay matched the serial numbers of computer equipment used by the Trust, some of which were reported stolen by Gill during an alleged burglary.

Mark Bishop, Counter Fraud Specialist at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Scott Gill stole NHS property and then sold it on eBay for his own personal gain. Hospital equipment is precious and should not have been abused in this way. This conviction will hopefully act as a deterrent to others who might consider stealing from the National Health Service”.

Kevin Cane, Area Anti-Fraud Manager, NHS Protect, said: “NHS Protect fully supports the actions of the Trust in this case. Criminals should not assume that the theft of items like this will go undetected."