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A man sentenced for child sexual offences

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A man has been given significant jail term for 34 sexual offences against two children and witness intimidation.

Brian Andrew Rhys, aged 53, was sentenced to 24 years imprisonment , extend for six years, for offences committed between May 1982 and May 2018.

DC Joanne Pudner said: “We would like to praise the bravery of the victims for coming forward.

“Investigating sexual violence is a priority for South Wales Police and we are committed to investigating all reports of sexual abuse – regardless of when they occurred – in order to ensure that those who exploit the most vulnerable members of society are brought to justice.

“It is vitally important for us that victims have the confidence to report any incident of abuse to us and they should know they will be treated with respect and dignity by our specialist officers.

“We would urge anyone with concerns about child abuse to get in touch with us.

“You can do so by calling us on 101 or alternatively on Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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Director of pharmacy chain jailed for £76,000 NHS fraud

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THE DIRECTOR of a family chain of high street pharmacies in South Wales has been sentenced to 16 months’ imprisonment for deliberately overcharging the NHS for medicines at one of his branches: Talbot Pharmacy at Heol Y Gyfraith Talbot Green, Rhondda Cynon Taf (Cardiff Crown Court, 22 October 2019).

Pharmacist Michael Lloyd (52) of Penllyn, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, repeatedly submitted claims for payment to the NHS that falsely stated he had dispensed a more expensive item than he had actually provided to the patients.

Michael Lloyd is the co-director of Llanharan Pharmacy Ltd, which owns five pharmacy premises across South East Wales.

Lloyd received and processed prescriptions issued to NHS patients in the Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTMUHB) area.

NHS Counter Fraud Service (CFS) Wales was called in to investigate following concerns raised by the health board. Investigations subsequently revealed that on numerous occasions, Lloyd falsely claimed he had dispensed medicines in liquid form to NHS patients when they had in fact received tablets. Drugs in liquid form cost significantly more.

Some tablets for dementia such as Memantine and Donepezil cost as little as £3 but Lloyd claimed for the more expensive liquid formulation, which sometimes cost the NHS as much £300 each time.

Lloyd sometimes altered the prescription forms – which had often already been honestly endorsed by staff to show that tablets had been dispensed – by crossing out their entries to claim for the much more expensive items such as liquids and dissolvable or dispersible tablets.

The prescriptions abused usually originated from genuine handwritten prescriptions issued by hospital doctors at the nearby Royal Glamorgan Hospital. Investigators also identified that Michael Lloyd had falsely claimed for liquids on prescriptions issued to patients by community dental practitioners for painkillers and anti-biotics. However, patients always received the correct medication that they were prescribed.

The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) supported the investigation. Its Forensic Computing Unit (FCU) assisted in obtaining a forensic image (a complete exact copy) of Talbot Pharmacy’s computer systems.

NHS CFS Wales worked closely with the Pharmacy Team at CTMUHB. Investigators analysed the prescriptions claimed for by Talbot Pharmacy against the computer systems and were able to prove that over 1,500 prescriptions had been falsely claimed for by Lloyd, costing the NHS a total £76,475. They also obtained the tablet packaging provided to a number of patients as further evidence to support this.

Lloyd repaid this amount in full to CTMUHB in May 2019. Earlier, in an interview under caution, he admitted to the offences in a pre-prepared statement.

The other four branches in the business did not appear to have processed their prescriptions in the same way.

Graham Dainty, Operational Fraud Manager of CFS Wales, said today:

“CFS Wales has recently secured several successful prosecutions of NHS professionals who have defrauded NHS Wales. Pharmaceutical practitioners work in a key position of trust. Michael Lloyd abused his position as a pharmacist to deliberately defraud NHS Wales over an extended period of time. A dishonest minority are harming the reputation of the honest majority of pharmaceutical practitioners. This case shows that fraud will not be tolerated in NHS Wales and that suitable criminal, civil and disciplinary sanctions will always be pursued when appropriate”.

Sue Frith, CEO of the NHSCFA, said today: “This case is a shocking example of pharmaceutical contractor fraud, which is a priority action area for the NHSCFA this year. We were pleased to support NHS CFS Wales in this investigation, and our counter fraud teams routinely collaborate closely to ensure there is nowhere for fraudsters to hide. The specialist support of our Forensic Computing Unit helped CFS Wales to confront Mr Lloyd with a mass of hard evidence.

Any suspicion of fraud against the NHS should be reported to the NHS Fraud and Corruption Report Line via NHSCFA’s main website or by telephone on 0800 028 4060. Wherever appropriate, it will be investigated and prosecuted.”

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Father becomes author to educate on autism

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A FATHER who has written two books about autism said his desire is to help his daughter’s friends to understand why she does certain things differently when in her school in Swansea.

Jon Roberts, a web-developer, based the main character on his daughter Kya who was diagnosed with autism when she was four and he gave Through The Eyes of Me to his daughter’s school in Swansea to be read out during their assembly. 47-year-old Jon approached publishers Graffeg after receiving many plaudits for his work and is now planning his third book.

Jon said: “I wasn’t an author, I’m just a web developer and when we found out Kya had autism, I wanted to write something down that answered children’s questions. It wasn’t going to be published and out there, I gave it to the school and people said it was a lovely book to get published so I approached Graffeg.”

Kya is now seven years old and her father has since released a second book and hopes to keep writing so fictional Kya can grow up alongside real-life Kya. Jon believes autism was not well represented in children’s literature at the time Through The Eyes of Me was published in 2017 but believes this has since changed.

Jon then said: “It’s been picking up over the last couple of years, since the first book funnily enough. In Kya’s school, they read out the book in assembly, she’s a bit of a celebrity. Primary school is the best age to educate about it because they haven’t made their minds up yet, it’s easy to learn about why somebody does something differently. The children in her class look after her, say hello to her, and it’s lovely to see.”

Jon’s second book which released last August introduces another girl with autism, nine-year-old Martha, who is based on Jon’s friend’s daughter. She has a different personality to Kya to convey the vast spectrum of people that have autism.

Jon said: “Autism is a huge spectrum. Everybody is really different, one person with autism is never the same as the next and they all have their own traits. Kya doesn’t speak but she loves cuddles and enjoys loud noises which a lot of children with autism don’t. Everybody is different on the spectrum so the two girls both have autism but they are so different. I sent her what I’d written and a couple of pictures of Kya but no pictures of me or my wife, and she managed to capture me and my wife spot on, which was pretty amazing. I’d like to carry on with the books about Kya and how she’s getting on, a diary of her life.”

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Two people attacked by vicious dog

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Two people were reportedly bitten by an “out of control” Mastiff-type dog on Clasemont Road at around 3pm on Saturday. Their injuries are not believed to be serious.

Officers contained the dog and a vet was called, but due to its “continued aggressive nature and further risk” the dog was humanely put down. Clasemont Road was closed between Pentrepoeth Road and the junction with Pleasant Street and Waun Road.

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