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2 new Scuba Crooks facing Jail !

Posted by Scuba Herald on Aug 8th, 2008 and filed under Scuba Industry. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

2 new Scuba Crooks facing Jail !

So we hope you had a good week, and if you want to feel better, you can start thanking god, this 2 crooks don’t leave in your town. Divers: Meet the worst crooks and liars in British diving history:
A pair of professional divers swindled £250,000 from the Health Service for treating bogus cases of the bends! – Yep. you read it right. These 2 amazing nice, gentle guys are: David Welsh and Michael Brass, that now are facing jail after being found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the NHS and perverting the course of justice.

So how did they act? Well, the 2 angels, paid strangers they met in pubs up to £200 to pose as divers who needed decompression treatment. Most had never been underwater and some could barely swim.

Welsh, 49, of Plymouth ran the Fort Bovisand diving centre in the city, which had its own decompression chamber.

The bends is a condition that occurs when a diver surfaces too quickly and suffers nitrogen poisoning in the blood.

The only treatment is in a hyperbaric decompression chamber which simulates deep sea conditions so the diver can gradually get rid of the condition as the pressure is reduced slowly.

Welsh billed health trusts from all over Britain £6,500 a time for treating the 37 fake victims.

The fraud was uncovered when police investigated two cases of divers from Liverpool who were supposedly treated for the bends at the decompression chamber.

One people whose named had been used told police he was a poor swimmer who never dived. Another said he gave his details to a man in a pub in Plymouth in exchange for £40.

Others said they were paid up to £200 but did not realise how their personal details would be used.

Welsh and dive instructor Brass, 43, from Liverpool, needed only the real names, addresses, dates of birth and national insurance numbers of the supposed victims to work the fraud.

Now both are facing time behind bars after being found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the NHS and to pervert the course of justice after a month-long trial at Plymouth Crown Court.

Mr Michael Fitton, QC, prosecuting, said the bogus claims of £250,000 were for 37 cases of patients allegedly treated at the hyperbaric chamber at Fort Bovisand between 1998 and 2002.

He said: ‘It was very easy money from just filling in forms and making up information using personal details, and the money came in.’


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