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DO who stole more than £18,000 from employer sanctioned

The General Optical Council has erased Swindon practitioner Simon Backhouse from its register

17 Jul 2019 by Selina Powell

A Swindon-based dispensing optician who used a company credit card to buy personal items and made false refunds to customers has been erased from the General Optical Council (GOC) register.

A GOC fitness to practise committee decision described how Simon Backhouse stole a total of £18,695.92 from his employer.

He was convicted at Swindon Crown Court in September 2017 of employee theft and false accounting.

Mr Backhouse used a company credit card to purchase items for himself and sold some of these items for profit.

In addition, Mr Backhouse processed a number of false refunds for customers but kept the money himself.

The committee found Mr Backhouse’s fitness to practise was impaired by reason of his conviction.

Committee chair Sara Fenoughty said that Mr Backhouse’s offences were “extremely serious.”

“They involved a systematic and protracted breach of trust by the registrant by misusing a company credit card to buy personal items and making false refunds for customers,” she highlighted.

“The dishonest course of conduct only came to an end when what he was doing was discovered,” Ms Fenoughty added.

Image credit: Laurence Derbyshire

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