CDNN :: UK dive industry insiders deny defrauding National Health system
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by DIANA PRINCE
PLYMOUTH, UK (2 Sep 2007) -- A former Plymouth company director is to face trial on a charge of perverting the course of justice in connection with an alleged 'bends' fraud plot at Fort Bovisand.
Anthony Robert Walker, 53, and four other dive industry insiders including David Welsh, 50, his brother Raymond Welsh, 47, scuba diving instructor Michael Brass, 43, and James Chandler, 42, pleaded not guilty to all counts related to defrauding the National Health System (NHS) with phony charges for emergency hyperbaric treatment of injured scuba divers.
Anthony Robert Walker, aged 53, from Marldon, Paignton, denied two charges against him when he appeared at Plymouth Crown Court with four other men yesterday.
City businessman David Welsh, 50, of Pomphlett Road, Plymstock; his brother Raymond Welsh, 47, of Harlow, Essex; diving instructor Michael Brass, 43, from Liverpool; and James Chandler, 42, from Liverpool, pleaded not guilty to all counts.
The Welsh brothers, Walker and Brass deny a charge of conspiracy to defraud between June 12, 1998 and June 18, 2002.
The count relates to "defrauding bodies or organisations within the NHS to make payments to Fort Hyperbaric by preparation and presentation of claims for payment related to purported emergency hyperbaric treatment of various persons for decompression illness"...