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Ealing Hospital NHS fraudster told to pay back cash

A former NHS manager from West Sussex who channelled £200,000 of hospital funds into her stud farm business has been ordered to pay the money back.

Louise Tompkins, 48, of Faygate, is serving a two-year prison sentence for fraudulently signing off payments to fund the upkeep of thoroughbred horses.

Southwark Crown Court heard she had raised around half the amount from selling the horses at auction.

She was told to pay back the rest or face a further 18 months in prison.

'Morally responsible'

Defending QC Neil Saunders said: "She is adamant she wants to pay all the money back as soon as possible as she feels morally responsible."

Tompkins was working for Ealing Hospital NHS Trust at the time and managed its £54m budget.

She admitted submitting invoices to the NHS for her private business in January last year.

The court gave Tompkins a confiscation order after she failed to pay back the full amount.

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