The City of London Police and the Crown Prosecution Service instigated financial investigation after man’s conviction.
In January 2017, a man was sentenced to two years in jail after he fraudulently submitted false medical claims worth over £183,000.
£183,752.50 needs to be paid within three months or he faces another two years in prison.
A man jailed earlier this year for one count of fraud by false representation and for being in possession of articles for use in fraud and money laundering has now been ordered to pay over £183,000 for the benefit of his crime, following an investigation by the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Doctor Benjamin Chang, 57 of Mill Hill, London, was a registered but not a practising GP. He was employed to conduct medical examinations on behalf of solicitors, for people who were making personal injury claims following car accidents.
Chang would make medical assessments through his medical agency, Hertford Healthcare, based in Milton Keynes. He would then invoice solicitors for the medical assessment and then later send another invoice from a company called Proteus Healthcare, which he claimed had provided the patients with 8-10 physiotherapy sessions following the initial medical assessment. However, Proteus Healthcare did not exist and was registered to an address where another business with no knowledge of Proteus was operating. The physiotherapist who was supposed to have provided the treatment did not exist either.
Chang was arrested on 16 May 2014 and later charged on 8 April 2016. He was found guilty of the crime and on 27 January 2017 was sentenced at the Old Bailey to two years in prison.
After his conviction, confiscation proceedings were instigated by the City of London Police and the CPS.
The case was heard at the Old Bailey on 15th December 2017 and a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act was granted against Chang. Chang was ordered to pay £183,000 within three months or would face an additional two years on top of his current sentence.
Detective Sergeant Matthew Hussey, of the City of London Police’s Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department (IFED), said:
“Chang’s deceitful actions have led to him not only serving time in prison, but also now having to pay back the money that he fraudulently gained.
“The City of London Police and the Crown Prosecution Service worked together to ensure that Chang did not benefit from his illegal actions and we are pleased that he will now be paying the price.
“This money will be returned to the victims of the crime and will go some way towards repaying them for being defrauded.
“Chang abused his position for a number of years and the extensive investigation into his criminal behaviour and the sentence that followed shows that justice has been served. We hope this serves as a warning to anyone involved in this type of criminal activity that crime does not pay.”