Sara-Jane Vanstone – JAMC06 Media Law Portfolio

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Pre-trial –A man was arrested today outside his home in Taunton on suspicion of fraud amounting to £1million say Avon and Somerset police.

Committal –Exeter Crown Court heard this morning that 63 years old Jon Andrews of Flood Street, Taunton received earnings totalling more than 1 million pounds over the ten years he worked three senior positions in the NHS. Mr Andrews lied about having a medical PHD and Masters degree to secure positions in St Margret’s Hospice in Somerset, the Torbay Care Trust and the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust.

Trial –Jon Andrews defence Rose Collins was heard in Exeter Crown Court today. She said Andrews was “extremely regretful and remorseful at his sheer stupidity in fabricating his educational qualifications”. Miss Collins went on to say Andrews “has every respect from his former employees. He is very distressed from causing them embarrassment”.

Verdict/sentencing –It was heard in court that the scandalous Jon Andrews admitted today to obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception and two counts of fraud. He was sentence at 3pm in Exeter Crown Court to two years of jail by Judge Geoffery Macer. Judge Macer told Andrews that “the level of dishonesty, the extent of the deception in this case, and the effect on the organizations you deceived means only a prison sentence is appropriate”.


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