Former Leicestershire dentist jailed for fraud offences


A Leicestershire man has been sentenced to six years in prison for a large-scale fraud and disposing of the proceeds of his crimes dishonestly.

John Hammond, a former dentist who used to practice in Loughborough, targeted individuals including his own patients with an offer of a property investment. He took their money, but no investment scheme existed. Instead Hammond used the money for his own personal gain.

His activities were investigated by the Economic Crime Unit at Leicestershire Police. John Hammond was charged with fraud by false representation and converting criminal property (money laundering). His son, Paul Hammond, was charged with converting criminal property.

John Hammond pleaded guilty to all charges against him. He was sentenced today at Leicester Crown Court, appearing via a video link from Bridgend Magistrates Court. A review of the case against Paul Hammond was undertaken after this plea and it was determined that there was no longer sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of a conviction for the charges of converting criminal property, so the case against him was stopped.

Karen Thompson, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS East Midlands said: "John Hammond had a respected position in the community, even inviting his patients to take part in his fraudulent scheme. He abused the trust that had been placed in him and has been brought to justice for his offences."