Dentist jailed for £50,000 NHS fraud


Dental surgeon Jochemus Venter has today (Friday 20 December) been jailed for 18 months at Cardiff Crown Court for submitting fraudulent claims to NHS Dental Services for the provision of dental treatments totalling £47,947.

Dr Venter submitted the false claims during a period from April 2006 to July 2010, while working at a dental practice in Llandrindod Wells, Wales.  He pleaded guilty on 7 October 2013 to eight counts of false accounting, contrary to section 17 (1) (a) of the Theft Act 1968.

Claire Busby, a specialist fraud lawyer from the Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Dr Venter abused his position as a National Health Service contractor to defraud the taxpayer out of a substantial sum of money over many years. This was direct theft from an important public health service. 

"He regularly and systematically made false claims for the provision of NHS dental treatment and has admitted to a total of 155 fraudulent claims, covering instances where either no treatment at all was provided, or substantially less was provided than was claimed for.

"He made feeble attempts to justify his behaviour by stating that he believed he was not adequately paid by the NHS but this simply demonstrated his greed and self-interest.

"Those who commit fraud, in whatever walk of life, should know they risk prosecution in a criminal court."