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CDNN :: UK dive industry insiders found guilty of massive hyperbaric treatment scam

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David Welsh and Michael Brass
A jury of six men and five women found dive industry insiders David Welsh and Michael Brass guilty of swindling nearly half a million dollars in bogus hyperbaric treatment claims from the NHS. Co-conspirator Anthony Walker pleaded guilty and will be sentenced with Welsh and Brass possibly as early as mid-September.

PLYMOUTH, UK (6 Aug 2008) -- A Plymouth businessman who helped swindle the NHS out of £250,000 in an ingenious scam is facing a jail sentence.

David Welsh, the former boss of the Fort Hyperbaric diving disease treatment centre at Fort Bovisand, submitted dozens of false claims to NHS trusts all around the country.

Yesterday at Plymouth Crown Court, Welsh and veteran diving instructor Michael Brass were both found guilty of conspiring to defraud the NHS and conspiring to pervert the course of justice...

CDNN :: UK dive industry insiders deny defrauding National Health system

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Anthony Robert Walker
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.

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, 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"...

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