A former Cardiff gynaecologist who cheated the NHS out of over £100,000 by working while suspended has lost his legal bid to avoid repaying the money. Anthony Madu, 47, was found guilty of six counts of fraud in 2014 relating to when he was employed by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. He had done locum work while suspended on pay and after submitting sick notes. Madu lost his case at the Court of Appeal in London to challenge a confiscation order made last year. Madu, from Woolwich, south east London, was given a two-year suspended sentence and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work in 2014. Last June he was ordered to repay £75,000 after a judge at Cardiff Crown Court found he had funds available to contribute towards the total amount he had defrauded. Madu, who had transferred about £73,000 to his bank account in his native Nigeria, said the cash was to pay for healthcare and funeral costs for two relatives who had died within a short space of time. However, he did not provide any evidence to support this claim and the crown court judge said he was “driven to conclude” the money had been moved because he knew efforts would be made to recover it.

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