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Worcestershire surgeon ordered to pay over £330,000 confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act

Following an investigation by the West Mercia Police Economic Crime Unit (ECU), officers have secured a confiscation of over £330,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) after a man was convicted of fraud.

Sudip Sarker, 50, formerly of Botany Road, Broadstairs, Kent, appeared at Worcester Crown Court on Friday (31 May) and was ordered to pay back £337,214.78 within three months or face another three and a half years in prison.

This comes after Sarker was sentenced to six years' imprisonment at Worcester Crown Court in February 2018, having been found guilty of fraud by misrepresentation.

Between August 2011 and October 2012, Sarker was employed as a surgeon with The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, based at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch. When interviewed to work at the hospital trust, he claimed to have significant experience and expertise in relation to certain medical procedures which turned out to be untrue.

While working for the hospital, it soon became apparent that he did not have the required surgical abilities to fulfil his role, and mistakes were subsequently made.

Following several incidents involving Sarker, the NHS Trust launched an investigation which led to him being suspended and later dismissed from his post after the investigation revealed issues with Sarker's technical ability. He was also formally suspended by the Royal College of Surgeons in October 2012.

Sarker used his position of trust in order to deceive The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust who would not have employed him had he told the truth about his level of skills and experience.

HMRC records for the period of 2011 to 2015 showed that Sarker received payments to the sum of £337,214.78 in respect of his employment with the Trust.

Detective Inspector Emma Wright from West Mercia Police's Economic Crime Unit said: "West Mercia Police is committed to tackling serious and organised crime in order to protect vulnerable people from harm. This includes removing assets from those who have benefited from the proceeds of such crime.

"The Proceeds of Crime legislation is a powerful tool in the fight for justice and removing assets from the offender to rightly reimburse the victims of their crime, even if they have been subject to a custodial sentence.

"The order granted in respect of Sarker represent the results of a time-consuming criminal investigation and linked financial investigation and we thank the victim in this case, The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, for their full cooperation throughout.

"Results such as these mean that those who benefit from offences will be stripped of their assets and demonstrates that ultimately crime does not pay."

West Mercia Police is committed to tackling serious and organised crime (SOC). Protect is a campaign being run by West Mercia Police alongside a range of partner agencies to tackle serious and organised crime.

The broad-ranging operation covers four key areas of activity:

· Pursue - prosecuting and disrupting those involved in SOC

· Prevent - stopping individuals from becoming involved in SOC

· Protect - increased levels of protection against SOC

· Prepare - reducing the impact of SOC where it occurs

For more information about the Protect campaign, visit:

If you would like to report any concerns about serious and organised crime in your local area, please contact West Mercia Police on 101. If it is an emergency and a crime is taking place, always ring 999. Alternatively you can call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Posted at: 3.50pm, Wednesday, 5 June, LK, Corporate Communications

Published 05/06/19