Manchester DO struck off for theft

Deborah Tripp erased from GOC's registers following convictions for theft and false accounting

16 Mar 2015 by Emily McCormick

A Manchester-based dispensing optician (DO) has been erased from the General Optical Council’s (GOC) registers following convictions for theft.

Deborah Tripp was struck off by the regulator following convictions for theft and false accounting in February 2014. The former DO was convicted by Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court of seven counts of theft by employee and six counts of false accounting, and received a two-year suspended prison sentence and 120 hours community service.

A fitness to practise (FTP) committee held in London last week (11 March) found Ms Tripp’s ability to practise impaired by the convictions. She is now unable to practise in the UK as a DO.

Chair of the committee, Sir Alistair Graham, said that the offence “was one of dishonesty that took place at work and that involved an abuse of trust” which were “repeated and had taken place over a prolonged period of time.

Sir Alistair added: “The committee concluded that it was in the public interest, for the protection of the public and in the wider public interest (in maintaining high professional standards and the collective reputation of the profession) for an order of erasure to be made.”


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