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Portsmouth GP jailed for defrauding Portsmouth Primary Care Alliance of £1.13m

|News, Fraud and economic crime

A former Director of Portsmouth Primary Care Alliance, a group of 16 GP surgeries providing vital care under an NHS contract, has been jailed for three years and four months today at Portsmouth Crown Court after he defrauded them of £1.13m.

Dr Rumi Chhapia, aged 45 and from Southsea, made over 60 bank transfers to his own personal account in just a six-week period, to fund his gambling addiction and spiralling financial debt.

Since admitting the fraud, Dr Chhapia has repaid a significant sum to the Portsmouth Primary Care Alliance. The gambling companies involved have also agreed to return the funds paid to them, which fortunately means the money taken from the Portsmouth Primary Care Alliance will be returned in full.

Lisa Garcia, CPS Wessex Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: “Dr Chhapia exploited his position of trust to take an extraordinary amount of money, which diverted funds that would have otherwise been invested into providing better services, equipment and care to people across the Portsmouth area.

“The overwhelming financial evidence meant that Dr Chhapia had no choice but to admit the fraud to his work colleagues and to the police. He pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and he will now face the consequences of his actions by serving the custodial sentence imposed."

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