Dentist's fraud funds high life

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A British dentist who lived a luxury globe-trotting lifestyle while conning the National Health Service out of £1.5 million ($2.9 million) has been jailed for seven years.

Dr Joyce Trail perpetrated the three-year fraud to fund stays in £1000-a-night hotel suites in the Caribbean and the US, and pay for a designer shoe collection "to make Imelda Marcos proud".

Coventry Crown Court Judge Peter Carr said the 50-year-old grandmother's offences had been motivated by pure greed.

Trail, who ran a practice in Birmingham, made bogus claims for dental work which she had not performed, between April 2006 and March 2009.

Judge Carr was told that the sum could have instead funded 73 newly qualified nurses for a year, 221 hip replacements, or life-saving drugs for 51 leukaemia patients.

Trail was convicted of conspiracy to defraud in July after a five-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

The judge also sentenced Trail's daughter, Nyri Sterling, 33, to two years' jail for assisting to defraud the NHS by processing false paperwork.

- AAP

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