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GP who stole more than £1million of NHS money to fund ‘desperate’ addiction to online gambling will be axed

A SENIOR GP who stole more than £1million of NHS money to fund his ‘desperate’ addiction to online gambling has been axed.

dr Rumi Chhapia tried to hit the jackpot on slot machines and roulette.

dr Southsea's Rumi Chhapia - sentenced to 40 months in prison at the city's Crown Court last year - has now been released by a doctors' court

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dr Southsea’s Rumi Chhapia – sentenced to 40 months in prison at the city’s Crown Court last year – has now been released by a doctors’ courtPhoto credit: Solent
When colleagues in Portsmouth became suspicious, Hants claimed his accounts had been hacked

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When colleagues in Portsmouth became suspicious, Hants claimed his accounts had been hackedPhoto credit: Solent

The 45-year-old, who earns almost £200,000 a year, began his scam after he was blamed for the accounts of a group of 16 people operations.

He embezzled £1.13million over 41 days in 2020.

When colleagues come in Portsmouth, Hansbecame suspicious, claiming his accounts had been hacked.

Southsea’s Chhapia – sentenced to 40 months in prison at the city’s Crown Court last year – has now been removed by a Medical Practitioners Tribunal.

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Gambling companies were understood to have agreed to pay back £904,000 after Chhapia wrote them submissive letters.

He gambled away a total of £2.5m, of which he recovered £1.2m.

The funds were stolen while the NHS struggled to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.

Medical Practitioners Tribunal Chairman Ian Comfort said: “Dr. Chhapia put patients at risk of harm and violated a fundamental tenet of the profession by withdrawing funds needed to provide patient care.

“The tribunal has taken into account that this is not a single incident of fraud, but 64 separate transactions over 41 days totaling a significant amount of money.”

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Bobby Allyn

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