NHS dentist appears in court

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A DENTIST has appeared in court charged with falsely obtaining money from the NHS.

Edmund Jaques, 64, of Kennett Place, Kentford, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday August 31.

He had been due to enter a plea to a charge of committing fraud by false representation between June 16, 2009 and March 12, 2011 at Bury St Edmunds.

But after hearing that the defence needed more time to assess more than 5,000 pages of potential evidence gathered by the prosecution, Judge John Devaux adjourned the hearing until October 26.

No plea was indicated to the court in respect of the charge, which claims Jaques dishonestly made false representation for gain by submitting multiple claim forms for patients he had neither seen nor treated, contrary to the 2006 Fraud Act.

Jaques was arrested in May last year following a police investigation.

Defence barrister Ben Rich told the court that his client was not able to enter a plea at this stage because thousands of pages of evidence had not yet been examined.