Stratford nursing student illegally received �95,000

A nursing student from Stratford received a six month suspended jail sentence for using forged identity papers to secure NHS jobs and an NHS-sponsored university place worth over �115,000.

Mojisola Madandola, 44, of Vicarage Road, London, did not have leave to remain in the UK or the right to work.

She produced two different forged passports to obtain NHS employment with NHS Outer North East London, and nurse training at London South Bank University (LSBU), funded by NHS London.

Under the employer-sponsored scheme, Madandola continued to receive her salary while studying.

She was paid a gross total of �95,498.80 from April 2005 to March 2011, while her tuition fees cost NHS London a further �20,722.50.

She faced five charges in relation to false applications to the NHS Trust and LSBU at the Inner London Crown Court on Wednesday October 19, the production of two forged passports and the possession of a blank counterfeit birth certificate.

She pleaded guilty to three counts and the court left two to remain on file.

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Madandola began working for the NHS in February 2002 as a healthcare assistant. To support her application she produced a Nigerian passport bearing a Home Office stamp and a Heathrow immimgrations officer’s stamp, both found to be false in an NHS Protect investigation.

She produced a second passport bearing an indefinite leave visa confirmed as false by the UK Border Agency.

Madandola had made an application back in 2003 for indefinite leave to remain in the UK as the spouse of a settled person, which was refused in 2006, a decision upheld after she appealed.

She was arrested by police on a work placement shift at Whipps Cross Hospital, London. A search of her home uncovered various documents including the blank, counterfeit UK birth certificate.

On 8 July 2011 she was summarily dismissed by NHS Outer North East London.

Mick Hayes, Anti-Fraud Lead at NHS Protect, said today: “Had it been known that Madandola never had valid leave to enter or remain in the UK, then she would not have been eligible to take up employment within the NHS, a place at LSBU or to receive NHS funding for tuition fees or salary support.

“She may have deprived a genuinely eligible student from taking up a university place and serving the NHS.”