Scam pair are refused appealBy Victoria Smith
November 09, 2011
A pair of fraudsters, who made more than £165,000 in a health insurance scam, have been refused permission to appeal their convictions.
Wendy Jo Clark, 53, and Janet Wilson, 57, formerly of Parson’s Farm, in Farley Hill, were convicted in June this year of 22 counts of obtaining money transfers by deception following a month-long trial at Reading Crown Court.
They had defrauded their own company, Your Health, based in London Road, Bracknell, of more than £160,000 by using bogus invoices.
They were sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment on each count to run concurrently, by Judge Stephen John on July 1.
At a hearing, the couple appeared by video-link from HMP Bronzefield, where they are serving their sentences.
Senior Crown advocate Simon Heptonstall, based at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) office in Reading, conducted the trial and the appeal hearing.
Following the Court of Appeal’s ruling not to allow the two women to appeal their convictions,
Mr Heptonstall said: “The Court of Appeal agreed that this was a very strong case against both defendants and there was nothing in the trial that questioned the safety of their convictions.
“The CPS shall continue to seek to confiscate the proceeds of their crimes.”
During their trial in Reading, the jury heard how the women made health insurance claims through the firm for invented patients between 2005 and 2006.
The money was channelled into their joint bank account and some of the cash was used to pay for private medical treatment for Clark, who is wheelchair-bound and suffers from a heart condition, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and depression.
Her defence argued her poor health meant she should not be jailed.