Man who bought fraudulently obtained baby milk from Framlingham woman faces suspended jail term
PUBLISHED: 18:57 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 18:57 17 February 2017
The co-defendant of a Suffolk mother who sold specialist formula milk she obtained on prescription for one of her children has been told he could receive a suspended prison sentence when he is sentenced next month.
Jun He, 47, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court today (Friday, February 17) to acquiring a quantity of Neocate milk knowing or suspecting it was the proceeds of criminal conduct between January 2013 and March 2014.
Adjourning sentence until March 17 for a pre-sentence report Judge David Goodin told He, of Crawley, that his co-defendant Sarah Moore from Framlingham, who had obtained Neocate milk on prescription and sold it on, had been given a suspended prison sentence for her part in the operation.
“It is possible, but I’m not making any promises, that a prison sentence might be suspended but I can’t say it would be,” said the judge.
At an earlier hearing the court heard Moore obtained £16,000 of Neocate – an expensive milk used for lactose-intolerant children – above and beyond what was needed for her child
Last year Moore, 35, of Tudor Close, Framlingham, admitted fraud by falsely representing she needed further prescriptions of Neocate formula to make a gain for herself between August 2013 and February 2014.
She was given a four-month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months with supervision by the probation service.
The court heard on that occasion that although Moore’s profit was limited to £2,500 the loss to the NHS was £16,000.
The court was told that Moore had tried to sell the milk on eBay but her advert was removed because it was considered an unacceptable product.
However, she was contacted by someone who saw the advert and paid her £2,500 for the milk over a period of six months.
The offence came to light as a result of a review of stock by the NHS during which it was discovered that £16,500 of Neocate over and above the needs of her child had been dispensed in Framlingham to Moore over a period of 11 months.
Moore had subsequently admitted lying about how much Neocate her child needed and selling the surplus.