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Care worker on sick pay earned more than £12,000 in wages

PUBLISHED: 17:18 20 May 2009 | UPDATED: 10:05 12 August 2010

A CARE worker worked at a charity while being on paid sick leave from the NHS, a court heard. Bibi Leeming, 58, admitted pocketing £12,381 in wages she was not entitled to and was sentenced to a four month prison sentence, suspended for two years, for de

A CARE worker worked at a charity while being on paid sick leave from the NHS, a court heard.

Bibi Leeming, 58, admitted pocketing £12,381 in wages she was not entitled to and was sentenced to a four month prison sentence, suspended for two years, for deception at Croydon Crown Court on Monday.

And she was ordered to repay every penny in the next six months while carrying out 40 hours unpaid work.

Prosecuting Philip Jones said Leeming, of Shifford Path, Perry Vale, had been employed by the Bromley Primary Trust, but had time off for sickness which was confirmed by her doctor.

While away, she took up work with the Leonard Cheshire Disability Group, doing similar duties as a carer.

Mr Jones said: "She would work as required, rather than every day, but the job became permanent.

"She said nothing to her supervisor about any medical condition that would have prevented her from working, or receiving sick pay from the Primary Care Trust. When police spoke to her, she said through her solicitors that her elbow had been damaged by a patient grabbing her and she was told she had to take time off."

She claimed she had wanted to go on working but the Trust refused to let her.

Stephen Attridge, defending, said: "She realises she had no entitlement to the money. She now has permanent employment with the Bromley Autistic Trust, but is still working for Leonard Cheshire."

She was caring for patients with mental and physical handicaps and was highly thought of by people who knew her.

Her husband was willing to extend the mortgage of their home to pay off the money.

Judge Glenn Brasse told her: "You engaged in a dishonest course of conduct. What you did was very serious."

Leeming pleaded guilty to a charge of false representation.

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