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Fraudster who used four aliases and 92 false prescriptions jailed

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Fraudster who used four aliases and 92 false prescriptions jailed

By Neil Trainis

A man who used four different aliases and 92 false prescriptions to get hold of £40,000 worth of drugs from pharmacies over two years was jailed on Friday.

Liam Brickley, 49, of Shropshire Close, Mitcham, Greater London, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court to one year and six months having fraudulently obtained oxycodone and diazepam from pharmacies across Luton and Dunstable.

Brickley used prescriptions containing the names of doctors from two GP surgeries who were no longer working with their practices and had not issued the prescriptions.

In March last year, he was recognised by a pharmacist who had served him in a different pharmacy two days earlier. The pharmacist told her boss and after checks were made, it was found his prescriptions were false.

Brickley went to another pharmacy the next day and after more checks were made, he was found to have used an old version of the prescription and his NHS number was missing.

He was arrested and charged with fraud offences but after being bailed pending further enquiries, he offended again. Bedfordshire Police said a search of his home and car by officers resulted in the recovery of “several pieces of paper with practice signatures relating to the two GP surgeries along with a number of false prescriptions, blank prescriptions, three boxes of diazepam and a pack of oxycodone.”

Brickley was again arrested in December last year and further charged with fraud and drug offences. He pleaded guilty to several counts of using a false prescription for a scheduled drug, possession of an article for use in fraud and possession of Class A and Class C drugs. 

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