Friday, April 8, 2011

Doctor of deception: Nigerian lived in £1/2m home with children at private schools... But she was hiding a fake ID and may not have been qualified

Suspicions were first aroused about Olaye when she tried for a job at South London and Maudsley NHS Trust by using a false passport
To the outside world she was a respected NHS hospital doctor who lived in a £500,000 home and sent her children to private schools.
But Nigerian-born Florence
Olaye was carrying out an extraordinary deception using two identities. 
She used a fake name to retake an English test required to practise medicine in Britain – and officials are not even sure she was a proper doctor.
She also had a false Home Office letter claiming she had indefinite leave to stay in the 
Fake: Olaye claimed she had illegally given Trust bosses her maiden name on documents because her married name was 'cursed'country.
And the 61-year-old had two marriages to Portuguese men half her age, using separate identities for the weddings.
Her web of lies was so complex that even after she was jailed for a year yesterday, the UK Border Agency is uncertain how and when she entered the country. Olaye claimed to have qualified from medical school in Moscow. She is believed to have travelled to Britain on her real passport, which states that she was born in 1949.
But she also had a second passport in the name of Florence Gberevbie, giving a birth date of 1958, backed up with the false Home Office letter. She used both passports to repeatedly take language tests required to prove she could communicate with English patients. 
Eventually she passed and was allowed to practise under the name Gberevbie.
She supplied the bogus passport to join an employment agency in October 2007, which led to five months working in general adult psychiatry at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. This contract was worth around £30,000.
She had four children with her first husband, who she divorced in 1999. They are now in their 30s – one is an engineer, two are pharmacists and one is a doctor. In Britain she married two Portuguese men. The first was Rui Carlos De Melo, who she wed in 2000 and divorced in 2004. Weeks later, she married Jose Tavares, but divorced him last year.
She used the name Olaye for the first wedding and Gberevbie for the second, when she stated on the certificate that she was a nurse and spinster living in Belfast.
She was finally exposed when she applied for a job with South London and Maudsley NHS Trust in 2008. A human resources officer spotted discrepancies in her application and alerted an NHS counter-fraud squad, which launched an investigation.
Yesterday Helen Guest, prosecuting, told the Inner London Crown Court: ‘A false passport, a Home Office document and a no time limit stamp were used to prove that she had a right to live and work in the UK for the purpose of securing the position of doctor in the NHS.
‘She has worked in the NHS since registering with the GMC in 2005.’ 
The jury rejected Olaye’s defence that she had reverted to her maiden name Gberevbie because her married name had been ‘cursed’ following her first divorce.
Olaye has been unable to work as a doctor since her arrest in February 2009, and has been claiming £132 a week of pension credit. Passing sentence, Judge Clive Million said: ‘You knew the documents were false and you had obviously knowingly obtained them to maintain two identities, which you used to apply for registration as a doctor.
‘The reasons are unclear, but it must have been to profit in some way from the deception.
‘It was probably to avoid the  disadvantage of having failed  several times the English  proficiency tests required for  registration in this country. Practising as a doctor in the UK carries great responsibility. 
‘The system relies upon people to be honest and reliable – you have been shown to be neither.’ 

Outside court Mark Weller, an NHS counter-fraud officer at the Department for Work and Pensions, said: ‘This result demonstrates that such frauds will be investigated and that courts are prepared to mete out custodial sentences for them.’ 
Olaye, of New Cross, south-east London, denied possessing false identity documents with intent to establish registerable facts about herself, but was found guilty.
She is expected to appear before the General Medical Council on April 11.

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