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Jail for GP surgery manager who stole £69,000 of NHS cash

A GP surgery finance manager who stole £68,845 of NHS money has been jailed for 19 months.

Jodie Hannah, 39, transferred funds meant for staff wages into her own bank accounts for five years before new manager Thomas Neilson discovered the deceit.

She had worked at Woodstock Medical Practice in Lanarkshire since 2006 and had sole responsibility for the books from 2011 until she was caught in 2017. When Mr Neilson asked to see the finances she made excuses about having forgotten the password but he contacted the practice’s bank to gain access.

At Airdrie sheriff court, Hannah, of Kirkfieldbank, Lanarkshire, admitted embezzling funds between July 2012 and May 2017. Vincent McGovern, defending, said she had bought things she could not afford for her daughters.

Sheriff Frank Pieri said it was ‘a breach of trust’ and she must face jail.