Former medical centre employee jailed for fraud
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A Kibworth woman who admitted committing fraud while being employed at a medical centre in her home town has been jailed.
At her first appearance at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Monday 1 March this year, Kirsty Whawell pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and six counts of fraud by abuse of position.
Whawell, 40, of Kimberley Street, was sentenced today (Friday 16 July) to 12 months imprisonment.
The court heard that the fraud offences to the value of more than £184,000 were committed between 2013 and 2019 at a medical practice in Kibworth.
Detective Constable Neil Edwards from the force’s economic crime unit, said: “This was a lengthy and complex investigation which first came to our attention in 2019.
“Whawell abused her position of trust in the medical centre for her own financial gain, believing that her crimes will never be uncovered.
“The evidence against her was overwhelming so she had no choice but to plead guilty to the offences. We hope the time she will now serve in prison gives her an opportunity to consider her actions and the consequences of committing such an abuse of position.”