A senior NHS manager who fraudulently earned £245,246 over a five year period has been handed a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for a year. Hasan Tahsin was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

The case followed an investigation carried out by the NHS Counter Fraud Service, in which it was found that Tahsin made false claims about his credentials.

Tahsin, the head of estates and capital projects at Mid Essex Hospital Services Trust between March 2004 and March 2009, was arrested following an audit of senior managers’ qualifications.

While being interviewed, he admitted he did not hold the university qualifications or membership of professional bodies that he had claimed.

The qualifications were essential criteria for jobs he attained at five NHS trusts.

Tahsin, 54, of Chadwell Heath in Romford, Essex, has held responsible positions within the NHS dating back to 1990. His claimed specialisms included estates management and project management.

He was charged with two offences of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception and three offences of fraud by false representation.

Investigating officer Alan McGill, of the NHS Counter Fraud Service, said: “This case demonstrates that when suspicions of fraud are brought to the attention of the NHS Counter Fraud Service, we will thoroughly investigate and, where fraud is found, will seek to prosecute.”