Biomedical scientist Alfred A A Adio has been struck off the HCPC Register on grounds of his conviction of committing fraud in relation to his expense claims at Dartford Magistrates’ Court and misconduct.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mr Adio was employed as a Band 6 biomedical scientist based at Darent Valley Hospital. Following a discrepancy in his travel forms in October 2013 an internal investigation was initiated by the Hospital to review his expenses which found that he had made claims for journeys he had not made and for time he had not worked. The matter was then reported to the police.
The Panel further heard that Mr Adio was convicted on 18 December 2014 for dishonestly making a false representation, namely that he had submitted inflated and therefore false travel claims to his employer, intending to make a gain, namely payments in the sum of £918.84 in respect of travel costs that he had not incurred and was not therefore entitled to claim.
Panel Chair Jennifer Rogers commented:
“The Panel has no hesitation in finding that Mr Adio’s dishonesty in relation to these false claims was serious misconduct. This was not a single isolated incident, but was conduct which had taken place over the best part of a year.
To ensure the public’s confidence in the biomedical scientist profession and in its regulatory body, and to uphold proper standards of conduct and behaviour in that profession, the Panel has decided that it is appropriate and proportionate in this case to order that the Registrant’s name be struck off the Register.”
The Panel directed for the name of Alfred A A Adio to be removed from the Register from 27 December with an Interim Suspension Order to cover the appeal period.
Mr Alfred A A Adio was not present nor represented at the hearing.