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Friday, 28 August 2015

Welsh care manager struck off over insurance fraud and theft

Written by The Editorial Team

A domiciliary care manager will no longer be allowed to work after a Fitness to Practise Panel in Cardiff found her conviction for fraud breached the standards of her profession.

Leanne Phillips, formerly employed by Pride in Care Domiciliary Care Agency, failed to uphold the professional standards of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers after it was found her conviction for insurance fraud of £54,000; theft and 18-month prison sentence impaired her ability to continue working as a domiciliary care manager.

Ms Phillips was convicted in October 2014 at Cardiff Crown Court after admitting her part in a large-scale ‘crash for cash’ conspiracy scheme to stage false car accidents, with the intention of making fraudulent insurance claims. She made two false insurance claims resulting in total payment of £54,000 and was also convicted of dishonestly handling a stolen caravan.

In considering its decision, the Panel took account of a letter from Ms Phillips to the Care Council for Wales but she failed to express any insight or regret into her actions.

The Panel found Ms Phillips’s behaviour involved planned and deliberate criminal dishonesty for financial gain with no evidence that her actions would not be repeated.

Ms Phillips will be removed from the Register of Social Care Workers and anyone contacting the Care Council will be informed of her removal.