Former GP practice manager faces jail for fraud

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.

The former practice manager of a Lincolnshire GP surgery was today (Thursday) warned he faces jail after he admitted a £260,000 fraud on his employers.

Stuart Coffey, 44, of Bede Close, Quarrington, near Sleaford, pleaded guilty at Lincoln Crown Court to fraud on the Bracebridge Heath Medical Practice between June 1, 2007 and September 1, 2013.

Judge John Pini QC adjourned sentence for the preparation of a probation report but told Coffey: “There will be an immediate custodial sentence but the court has to consider it properly to make sure it assesses the appropriate term correctly.

“I will order a pre-sentence report but I am not looking to any alternative to custody. It is simply a question of fixing the just term.”

Coffey was granted bail to appear back for sentence in February.