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Nurse banned for lying about her past

PUBLISHED: 11:44 02 March 2009 | UPDATED: 11:22 12 August 2010

A NURSE with criminal convictions dating back to the 1970s has been banned from the profession for lying to four potential employers.  Annette Roberts, 55, had been given a series of suspended prison sentences for shoplifting but kept them from Bromley NH

A NURSE with criminal convictions dating back to the 1970s has been banned from the profession for lying to four potential employers.

Annette Roberts, 55, had been given a series of suspended prison sentences for shoplifting but kept them from Bromley NHS Trust.

When her dishonest past finally caught up with her, Roberts claimed she was a victim of identity theft and denied responsibility for the crimes, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

But the NMC threw Roberts out of the profession, declaring her untrustworthy.

NMC chair Peter Catchpole said: "The nurse repeatedly made applications for employment over a period of 14 years in which she failed to declare her criminal convictions when she knew that she had several convictions.

"On two job applications, she positively declared that she had no convictions."

Lesley Bates, for the NMC, said Roberts' first conviction was as a 24-year-old in 1978, when she given a 12 month suspended sentence for handling stolen goods and deception.

St Albans Crown Court also gave her a two year supervision order which she breached in 1980, when she was convicted by Chichester Crown Court for shoplifting.

Two years later she was convicted of the same offence and handed another 12 month suspended prison sentence.

Roberts came before the courts in May 2005, when she was given a conditional discharge for possessing 13.1 grams of cannabis.

Mr Catchpole added: "She had a number of convictions for dishonesty and consistently and repeatedly lied about them."

Miss Bates said Roberts's attempts to conceal her past made the matters worse.

Roberts, of Selsdon, Surrey, was found guilty of misconduct for her previous convictions and her name was removed from the nursing register.

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