A former probation officer has been jailed for two years after he fabricated qualifications.
Jon Andrewes, 63, claimed to have two PhDs and a Master’s degree, and earned over £1 million working within the NHS system.
Yet Andrewes was only in possession of a higher education diploma in social work and a teaching qualification.
Andrewes falsely claimed to have acquired a diploma from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, a PhD in ethics management from Plymouth University, a PhD in business administration from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, a Master’s from the University of Edinburgh, and a degree from the University of Bristol.
The former NHS employee also claimed to have worked previously within the Home Office.
Andrewes had claimed the doctor title, despite having no right to use it.
He went on to work within the NHS system for over a decade, and acquired several senior healthcare jobs in the south west of England.
Andrewes’ roles included chairman of the Royal Cornwall hospital trust, chief executive at St Margaret’s hospice in Taunton and temporary chair of Torbay NHS trust.
Sentencing him at Exeter crown court, Judge Geoffrey Mercer QC was clear that Andrewes was guilty of a very serious offence.
“For a period of over 10 years your outwardly prestigious life was based upon a lie, a series of staggering lies, repeated lies about your education, and employment background and your experience, lies by which you obtained responsible positions.”
After the hearing, Alex Johnson, a senior crown prosecutor with the CPS’s specialist fraud division, commented on the matter.
“Jon Andrewes repeatedly lied on his CV in order to better his chances of securing lucrative senior roles across the health service. The investigation team built a case which clearly outlined the scale of the deception and, faced with the evidence against him, Andrewes pleaded guilty.”
Cameron Brown, prosecuting, stated Andrewes earned more than £1 million during a 10-year period.
Ros Collins, defending, said Andrewes was extremely regretful and remorseful at his “sheer stupidity” in fabricating his educational qualifications.
“He has every respect for his former employers. He is very distressed for causing them any embarrassment. He has been loyal to the caring profession for many, many years,” Collins asserted.
Andrewes had pleaded guilty in court.
Meanwhile, there is an ongoing investigation in the NHS regarding how the disgraced individual was able to trick recruiters for so long.