Queensferry mum sentenced for fraud offences

Kircaldy Sheriff Court
Kircaldy Sheriff Court

A mother who defrauded NHS Fife of more than £38,000 by claiming for fake taxi journeys has been given a two-year community payback order.

Kathleen Duncan (44), who now lives in Queensferry, submitted forged receipts for up to £160 each over a 13-month period.

She had earlier pleaded guilty to defrauding NHS Fife of £38,019 between August 1, 2010, and August 29, 2011.

At Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on Friday, Duncan was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

Sheriff Maxwell Hendry said: “This was a carefully thought out, planned and executed fraud, carried out repeatedly in a deliberate attempt to defraud the NHS. The starting point here would be custody but I have to weigh up all the factors.”

Duncan claimed the expenses were for her terminally ill children to travel from their then home in Dunfermline to hospital.

The court heard that Duncan forged drivers’ signatures and the signatures of NHS staff which were needed to confirm her attendance at hospital.

Two of her three children have the rare genetic condition Hurler’s Syndrome. The children both require regular hospital treatment.