A dentist who swindled the NHS out of £1.4 million and spent a fortune on dozens of pairs of designer shoes has been thrown out of the profession.
Joyce Trail, 51, from Birmingham was jailed for seven years last year after filing more than 7,000 invoices for work that was never done – including fitting false teeth on patients who were actually dead.
She had never seen many ‘patients’ at her Handsworth practice and got their details from care homes.
Trail, of Park Drive, Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield, blew the cash on holidays to the Caribbean islands of St Barts and Jamaica, as well as Miami, where she would go on spending sprees for Cartier jewellery, Prada clothes and Jimmy Choo shoes.
When investigators searched Trail’s £1.25million six-bedroom gated home they found shoe boxes stacked up all around the house.
Trail and her daughter Nyri Sterling, 33, of Ashwood Close, Oldbury – who worked at the practice – were convicted in July last year of conspiracy to defraud after a five-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
Sterling was jailed for two years.
After a one-day hearing of the conduct and competence committee of the General Dental Council Trail has been banned from the profession.
She had been caught out during a random check when investigators trawled through files at her surgery.
NHS Business Services Authority officials then contacted one of Trail’s supposed patients at his care home and discovered he was a private patient who had not used an NHS dentist.
They then widened the investigation and discovered that 100 claims were made by Trail for treating patients who were dead.
Trail and Sterling had both denied conspiracy to defraud. Trail was also convicted of perverting the course of justice in August last year and sentenced to a further six months imprisonment, which was added to her initial seven-year sentence.
“The registrant pursued a calculated and disguised scheme which ran in excess of £1.3m”, tribunal chair Anthony Kravitz told the hearing in London.