Fake vet nurse exposed for fraud

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A WOMAN lied about her qualifications on her CV while working at a Worthing veterinary surgery.

Amber Henshaw, 23, of Church Walk, Worthing, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Friday, after she was discovered to be under-qualified during her time at the Grove Lodge veterinary group.

Linda Arnell, prosecuting, told the court Henshaw was employed as a veterinary nurse on August 10, 2011, after her CV was passed to the group by an employment agency.

Her CV, it was said, clearly stated she had NVQ level two and three in veterinary nursing science.

Mrs Arnell said: “Miss Henshaw had been working for Grove Lodge for around two-and-a-half weeks when staff realised something was awry. When they called the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to check the validity of her qualifications, it was found Miss Henshaw did not have the level two and three qualifications at all.”

Mrs Arnell added Henshaw had tried to gain the NVQ level two qualification in 2009, but had failed.

Toby Brothers, defending, said he could only describe Henshaw’s actions as a “moment of madness”, and stated she had already paid back £468 she had earned in wages to the group before the court hearing.

He said: “Miss Henshaw is a woman of good character and is not the type of person who should be appearing in court. There was no sophistication behind this fraud and she is mortified and mystified as to why she did it.”

Mr Brothers said Henshaw had completed 60 per cent of her NVQ level two portfolio at a training surgery in Exmouth in 2009, but her studies had been interrupted by a knee operation, which caused her to fail the theory exam.

He added that around the time of her application to Grove Lodge, Henshaw’s mother had also passed away, leaving the defendant’s mind to be “not in the right place”.

“Miss Henshaw is deeply sorry for what she has done and extends her sincere apologies to the employer,” said Mr Brothers. “It can also be said that no animals were harmed during her time of employment, as all her activities were supervised.”

Magistrates fined Henshaw £240 for the fraud. She must also pay a £15 victim surcharge and court costs of £85.