A NURSING assistant who fraudulently raked in £425,000 by claiming benefits and working at hospitals under false identities was jailed for 28 months yesterday.
Meanwhile Sierra Leone-born Sesay was working at Homerton Hospital in east London and later at St Thomas’ Hospital in south London and earned over £240,000 from her employment over the same period.
This was also fraudulent because she lied about her identity and was not, for part of the time, entitled to work here.
Inner London Crown Court heard that on arriving from Sierra Leone as an asylum seeker, Sesay was initially unsuccessful in seeking to stay in the UK.
Her immigration status is under review because there is a question mark over whether that was a genuine claim or not
Prosecution’s Sonal Dashani
Sonal Dashani, prosecuting, said: “During the time up to and including August 2005, when her immigration status was pending, she was not entitled to any public funds, i.e. benefits, or to work. This is the warning given to all people entering this country.”
In January 2003, however, Sesay, of Plaistow, east London, started working at Homerton Hospital under a false name, giving a false National Insurance number and a false date of birth “in order that she could not be detected or the authorities would have been aware of the other income”.
She also admitted fraudulent activity, obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception, and fraud by false representation.
Judge Lindsay Burn said that “many members of the public would be concerned that a person who was caring for them had got the job under a false identity.”
Ms Dashani told the court: “Her immigration status is under review because there is a question mark over whether that was a genuine claim or not.”
Rebecca Randall, defending Sesay, said: “Potentially, her life in the UK is now over.”
Sentencing, Judge Burn said it was a “very serious fraud” with “monies you were not entitled to.
He added: “You came here from Sierra Leone and because of your immigration status you were not entitled to work and you knew that was the position.”