A former employee of Kilsyth Medical Practice has admitted in court that she falsely obtained over 4,000 prescription pills over a three year period.
Aileen Barrie (56), of Braefoot Avenue, Milngavie, pled guilty at Airdrie Sheriff Court to forming a fradulent scheme to obtain prescription-only co-codamol tablets.
In October 2015 Kilsyth Medical Practice had been forced to confirm it had fallen under the scrutiny of NHS counterfraud services.
The issue had been the subject of much speculation in the town. The investigation did not involve any doctors.
The court heard this week that on various occasions Barrie, who worked at Kilsyth Community Health Centre on the Burngreen, presented prescriptions at various pharmacies knowing they were fake.
She induced employees at the pharmacies to dispense to her and obtained 4,494 tablets by fraudulent means between January 17, 2011 and November 18. 2014.
The offences happened at D. Charetris in Main Street, Kilsyth, William Morrisons on Glasgow’s Crow Road, Boots in Bearsden’s Baljaffray Shopping Centre, Lloyds pharmacies on Glasgow’s Milngavie Road and the Cowgate in Kirkintilloch, Gordon’s Chemists of Douglas Street in Milngavie and Boots on Milngavie Main Street.
Barrie’s lawyer, John McGuire, told the court: “The value of the tablets was £409.50. She was under a lot of pressure.
“She is totally ashamed and embarrassed and feels that she has let a lot of good people down. She was well respected. All this has gone.
“It is a very sad end to an excellent career. It is a tragic situation.
“She resigned from the practice in December 2014 and has been fully cooperative with requests from the NHS. She knew the way it had to end.
“Very few people know of this matter. She has kept it to herself and has been dreading this day in court.
“The whole thing has been a massive reality check for her.”
Sentencing, Sheriff Brian Cameron told her: “I will put you on a Community Payback Order. Be under no illusion, this is a sentence.”
Barrie, who is now unemployed, will have to complete 100 hours of unpaid work in the community.
This sentence has been reduced from 150 hours as she admitted her guilt at an early stage in proceedings.
The work must be completed within four months.