Dentist is accused of false claims

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A DENTIST is accused of claiming payment from the NHS for treating patients in Bury St Edmunds that he had never seen, some of whom were dead.

It is alleged that between June 16, 2009, and March 12, 2011, Edmund Royston Clarke Jaques submitted multiple FP17 claim forms for payment totalling £81,981 for providing dental treatment to people living in care homes in Bury that he was not and had never previously supplied treatment to.

The 63-year-old, of Kennett Park Close, in Kentford, gave no indication of a plea when he appeared at Bury Magistrates’ Court on Friday to answer the charge of fraud by false representation.

He was released on unconditional bail and is due to return to the court on July 13.