Fraud Squad series 4 hits screens this month

NHS fraud investigators star again in latest season of the BBC One documentary.

Published: 28 January 2022

Image of Michelle Ackerley presenter of bbc's Fraud Squad

Returning this week is Fraud Squad, the BBC’s documentary series following dedicated fraud-fighters pursuing the criminals who steal billions from the public purse every year.

This fourth season of the programme includes five stories from the NHS, featuring fraud investigations led by the NHSCFA, NHS England and Improvement and NHS Counter Fraud Service Wales.

Fraud Squad will start on Monday 31 January and there will be four shows before the Winter Olympics, four after. All episodes will air at 10am on BBC1 and will be available on iPlayer for a limited time afterwards – see below for a full schedule of episodes featuring the NHS.

Table showing the planned broadcast schedule of the BBC’s Fraud Squad
Broadcast date Investigated by Criminal Fraud type Victims
Broadcast dateMonday 31 January 2022 Investigated byNHS England CriminalJamie Kasebante, assistant project manager, NHSEI Fraud typeTheft charges. Abused NHSEI corporate travel booking system and kept NHS property VictimsNHSEI
Broadcast dateTuesday 1 February 2022 Investigated byNHS Counter Fraud Service Wales CriminalDr Aled Jones, hospital doctor Fraud typeGambler who committed timesheet frauds against NHS and stole death certificate fees from individuals VictimsVarious South Wales health boards and colleagues at University Hospital Wales
Broadcast dateThursday 24 February 2022 Investigated byNHS England CriminalSheila Loveridge, Senior nurse, 8c infection prevention control inspector Fraud typeWorking while sick fraud (claimed unable to work due to back problem) VictimsNorth East London Commissioning Support Unit
Broadcast dateFriday 25 February 2022 Investigated byNHS Counter Fraud CriminalBarry Stannard, IT Manager Fraud typeProcurement fraud, invoicing his employer for non-existent VictimsMid Essex Hospital Trust

The Fraud Squad Series 3 audience share averaged 22% in May last year – the highest weekly average of 2021 in that slot. There is a good chance the new series will again pull in a million viewers per episode.

NHSCFA’s CEO Alex Rothwell says:

“I know a tremendous amount of work and thought has gone into these episodes from colleagues in and beyond NHSCFA. I am really looking forward to watching the new series of ‘Fraud Squad’ and want all of us to be shouting it from the rooftops, and thinking creatively about how we can use it as an extra turbine to power our work in many areas”.

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