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Jury out in doctor fraud trial
A jury has begun its deliberations in the trial of an accident and emergency doctor accused of pocketing almost £30,000 in sick pay while earning up to £840 as a locum.
Lucy Dawson had been on fully-paid leave from her job at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, South Wales, when she is alleged to have worked 10 shifts at hospitals in Worcester and Gloucester, earning £7,840.
The 45-year-old denies two counts of fraud by failing to disclose information.
These relate to two periods of sick leave between October 13 and 23, 2009, and November 9, 2009, to May 14, 2010.
It is the prosecution's case that Dawson, of Monmouth, had deliberately not told her employers at Aneurin Bevan Health Board nor officials over the border in England and her actions were motivated by greed.
Evidence submitted by the Crown in the trial at Newport Crown Court included posts on Twitter in which Dawson told her followers she was earning "megabucks".
But while the defendant admitted working the locum shifts and getting paid for them, her defence team say she did not act dishonestly and had been suffering with stress and depression.
Dawson cited the break-up of her 13-year affair with former manager Nick Jenkins - saying it resulted in her being "effectively demoted" and later viewed as a "troublemaker" by bosses.
Before sending the jurors out, Judge David Wynn Morgan urged them to reach a unanimous verdict.