NHS manager ‘competed in showjumping events while claiming sick pay for chronic back pain’
AN NHS manager competed in showjumping events while claiming sick pay for chronic back pain, a court heard yesterday.
Elise David, 33, said a fall off her horse incapacitated her for four months.
Wales News Service A court heard Elise David claimed sick pay for chronic back pain but still competed in showjumping events[/caption]
But she was allegedly photographed in competitions while on leave from her £49,000-a-year job as a lab quality control chief.
Nigel Fryer, prosecuting, said: “She was taking part in dressage, cross country and showjumping competitions during that time.”
Just days after one event she “shuffled” into an occupational health examination with a walking stick and a “timid gait” to get her sick leave extended.
Wales News Service She was allegedly caught when a colleague saw her name on the British Eventing website[/caption]
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She was caught when a colleague saw her name on British Eventing’s website, Newport crown court in South Wales was told.
David, of Porthcawl, denied fraud and suggested the snaps could have been Photoshopped.
The trial continues.
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