South East Wales

Nurse admits claiming £17k in bogus weekend and overtime shifts

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Image caption Melanie Shurn admitted the fraud at Cardiff Crown Court

A senior nurse has admitted claiming £17,000 in overtime and weekend shifts she did not work over four years.

Melanie Shurn, 42, of Rogerstone, Newport, pleaded guilty to five charges of fraud when she appeared at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday.

Shurn also admitted taking a £500 donation from an elderly patient intended to benefit the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport.

She will be sentenced when she appears back in court on 5 February.

The court heard Shurn made false claims for 12-hour weekend shifts and overtime, while also pretending she had gone on a management course where she was paid about £200.

'Recover the losses'

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board was alerted to the fraud by a "concerned member of staff", which prompted an investigation.

Shurn was sacked in December 2013.

NHS chiefs have applied for £17,000 compensation and the £500 intended for the hospital from the elderly patient.

Speaking after the hearing, Jeffrey Howells, a counter fraud specialist at the health board, said: "Her [Shurn] actions have fallen far short of those expected by our employees. We expect our employees to have the highest levels of integrity.

"It's been a long investigation involving many members of staff as witnesses. Our primary concern is to recover the losses, whatever happens after that is a matter for the court."