A West Midlands woman who spent nine years working as an NHS dentist has admitted using a forged degree certificate to build her career.
Vinisha Sharma, of Honeybourne Way, Willenhall, was employed at NHS hospitals across the country as a senior house officer after falsely claiming to have achieved a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree in India.
The 37-year-old claimed to have studied for the qualification at the Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in Amritsar but the institute had no record of her ever attending or graduating.
Wolverhampton Crown Court, sitting in Brierley Hill, heard Sharma used the forged degree certificate to register with the General Dental Council and obtain employment in the NHS between February 2000 and February 2009, earning a total of around £230,000.
She worked in the Oral and Maxillofacial departments at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospital, Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in Essex, Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation Trust and the Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in East Grinstead, Sussex.
The court heard her role involved examining patients, carrying out minor surgical procedures and dealing with trauma alongside senior consultants.
She was charged after an investigation by the NHS Counter Fraud Service and pleaded guilty to one count of using a false instrument, five counts of obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception, and one count of fraud by false representation.
Sentencing was adjourned for the preparation of pre-sentence reports, until the week beginning October 18.