A fraudulent doctor who worked in the NHS for 20 years has been convicted of a “deliberate and wicked deception” after forging a medical degree certificate and practising as a psychiatrist without the necessary qualifications.
On Wednesday, Alemi was found guilty of 13 counts of fraud, three counts of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception, two counts of forgery and two counts of using a false instrument.
Between 1998 and 2017, Alemi worked at various health bodies and trusts, at times was employed by the NHS, and secured positions through recruitment or staffing agencies.
Christopher Stables, prosecuting, told the jury that Alemi had worked with patients across “quite literally the length and breadth of the country”. He said: “A conservative estimate, and I stress a conservative estimate, as to the quantum – so the overall amount of money fraudulently obtained by the defendant from the NHS – is somewhere, the prosecution say, between £1m and £1.3m.”
Over the four-week trial, the jury was told that Alemi had been convicted of three fraud offences at Carlisle crown court in 2018 after forging an 84-year-old woman’s will to make herself the beneficiary and forging powers of attorney.
She was sentenced to five years in prison in that case and the GMC apologised for “inadequate” checks and “any risk arising to patients as a result”.
Stables described Alemi as “a most accomplished forger and fraudster” who had “no qualification that would allow her to be called, or in any way to be properly regarded as, a doctor.”
Janice Wild, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said confiscation proceedings would be pursued aiming to recover the criminal property from which Alemi has benefited.