Former Hospital Surgeon Sentenced for Fraud and Forgery Involving Thousands of Pounds in Fake Medical Claims

Mohammed Suhaib Sait, a former orthopaedic surgeon at BMI Fawkham Manor Hospital, has been sentenced after being found guilty of fraud and forgery. Sait, who has since retired, was accused of inflating claims to insurance companies by submitting fake bills for medical procedures.

During his sentencing at Maidstone Crown Court, the judge noted that Sait had billed insurance giants Axa and Aviva for thousands of pounds worth of work that he had not actually performed. The sentencing was watched on close-circuit TV by a woman whose procedure was falsely used by Sait to claim money he was not entitled to.

Sait’s lawyers have stated that the money will be repaid to the insurers once interest has been agreed upon by both parties. The disgraced surgeon, now 61, stood with his arms folded in the dock as the judge stated that he had attempted to avoid detection by forging letters from the insurers.

Sait was found guilty by a jury of forgery and fraud involving a total of £17,636 between 2011 and 2016. He had been working at Fawkham Manor Hospital during this time. However, the judge, Recorder Sarah Counsell, reduced his sentence due to the seven and a half year delay in bringing the case to court.

As part of his sentence, Sait was given a 12 month jail sentence suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work for the community. He will also have to attend 25 days of probation to address his rehabilitation.

During the trial, Sait’s defense barrister, David Whittaker KC, stated that the delay in bringing the case to court was “inexcusable” and that his client now suffers from anxiety and depression.

The charges against Sait stemmed from his submission of inflated claims to insurance companies while working at the private hospital in Longfield. Colleagues at the clinic became suspicious and fellow orthopaedic surgeon Michael Thilagarajah “doggedly” pursued the matter, asking for a thorough investigation into the authenticity of the letters.

Despite initially being cleared by hospital bosses, Sait was eventually charged and found guilty. The court heard that during a police investigation, Sait’s DNA was found on a “poisoned pen letter” that was sent to a former patient of Dr. Thilagarajah, falsely accusing him of botching a surgery and sexually assaulting the patient.

Two nurses who were on duty at the time of the alleged incident had their DNA taken for comparison, but neither matched with the letter. When officers searched Sait’s house, they found letters with the letterheads of Axa and Aviva insurers, as well as letters pretending to be from employees at the insurance companies.

Despite being found guilty, Sait maintained his innocence and was not charged in relation to the “poisoned pen letter” allegation. Sait also worked as a consultant at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford.

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