Welwyn Garden City ex-doctor must pay back �1million
A STRUCK-OFF doctor who prescribed slimming pills to patients across the country and used her earnings to live a lavish lifestyle, has been ordered to pay back more than �1MILLION.
Jailed Sudesh Madan was told she had to pay back the hefty sum at a confiscation hearing at St Albans Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday).
She has six months to pay �1,050,000 or face a further four years behind bars.
A further �48,000 in cash which was found hidden under her bed has also been awarded to Hertfordshire Constabulary under Proceeds of Crime Act legislation.
Madan, 58, of Homeway, Romford, was sentenced to 18 months in prison in May after she admitted selling Phentermine and Diethylpropion slimming pills at ‘Easy Slim’ clinics across the country.
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This was despite being struck off the medical register by the General Medical Council. She pleaded guilty to four counts of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug and four counts of supplying a controlled drug.
It is believed Madan was operating the five clinics since 2001, shortly after the GMC hearing.
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The clinics were in New Road, Stanborough, near WGC as well as in Essex and Yorkshire.
Madan led her patients to believe that she was a doctor and would prescribe them the pills after a consultation.
A week’s worth of pills, which could help suppress appetite, would typically cost �20.
Madan’s greedy and callous operation resulted in a significant financial benefit.
The profits paid for properties in the UK and overseas, expensive cars with personalised number plates, and luxurious holidays.
Financial investigator Vanessa Kemp, of Hertfordshire Constabulary’s economic crime unit, said: “We’re pleased with the outcome of today’s hearing, with this confiscation order representing the large scale and profitable operation Madan was running.
“Despite being struck off, and without any care for her patients, her greed and selfishness motivated her to pose as a registered medical practitioner and prescribe these slimming pills which could have put them at risk.
“All the while, she spent thousands of pounds on living an extravagant lifestyle without a care for the people who had placed their trust in her.”
“Thanks to this confiscation order, she’ll no longer be able to live the lifestyle she was unlawfully accustomed to. I hope this sends out a very clear message that crime does not pay.”
A share of the value of the money will be given to Hertfordshire Constabulary to help fight crime.
It is also shared by the Crown Prosecution Service, Her Majesty’s Court Service and the Government.