A South Shields man who failed 1,000 times to get a job as an NHS doctor using false details has been jailed for 15 months following a fraud investigation by NHS Protect, the organisation which identifies crime across the health service.
46 year old Bai Bai Ahmed Kabia of Tyne & Wear was found guilty of 12 counts of Fraud by False Representation after making a series of applications to numerous NHS Trusts to work as a doctor. He was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment for each offence, to run concurrently. He admitted to making over 1,000 job applications, none of which were successful.
Dr Kabia had submitted 245 unsuccessful job applications to numerous NHS trusts to work as a doctor. A sample of these applications was studied by NHS Protect investigators, and they all contained misrepresentations regarding his previous educational qualifications, professional memberships and employment history.
Kabia claimed to be registered as a doctor with the General Medical Council, to have been awarded an MSc from University College London and to be a member of the Royal College of Physicians - none of these assertions were true. Kabia was then arrested in a joint operation with Northumbria Police.
"Dr Kabia submitted job applications to the NHS that he knew to be false, trying to deceive his potential employers. Had he been successful, Dr Kabia's appointment would have given him direct access to treat patients," said Dave Horsley, Anti-Fraud Specialist, NHS Protect.
"It is pleasing that Dr Kabia was unsuccessful in his applications and that NHS employment procedures were found to be robust and effective. The custodial sentence reflects the seriousness of these offences and will serve as a powerful deterrent to others."