THE former acting associate director of capital and development for a Gloucestershire NHS trust - who has already pleaded guilty to defrauding the NHS - appeared at Gloucester Crown Court last Thursday to face further fraud charges.

Roy Dyke, 49, of Stroud Road, Gloucester, pleaded guilty at Bristol Crown Court in May to two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud between January 1, 2012 and November 6, 2015.

The prosecution allege that he stole over £750,000 from Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - which runs Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General hospitals - by creating false invoices for building work that wasn't done.

Dyke's guilty plea is on the basis that the figures are far lower than that and he also claims that most of the work that he created invoices for was done.

He claims that the invoices were for work at market rates, but were raised in breach of the trust's standing instructions.

Dyke says that he did not receive £197,558.51 in cash payments to his bank account and instead that he received £45,000 in cash payments for his involvement, together with building work on his home and close family members' homes.

There will be a trial of issue to resolve the difference between what the prosecution says and what Dyke says on April 16 this year at Bristol Crown Court.

On Thursday, February 8 at Gloucester Crown Court, Judge Jamie Tabor QC heard that the prosecution wished to put further charges to Dyke relating to an application form for a job with the NHS in 2002.

The prosecution allege that between July 22, 2002 and August 31, 2002 he obtained a pecuniary advantage by deception when he stated that he had no convictions or cautions.

It is also alleged that on August 15, 2007 he committed fraud by false representation when he stated that he had never been charged with a criminal offence.

The judge asked the prosecutor, Janine Wood, if those charges were lawful considering the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act.

Mrs Wood said that that had been considered and that "Mr Dyke was under a duty to tell the NHS whether he had any convictions or cautions, and that is irrespective of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act",

"He was in a senior position and could sign contracts for large amounts of money. He was under a duty to disclose whether he had any convictions.

"Quite simply if you say you don't have convictions and you do, you are not telling the truth," Mrs Wood said.

The prosecutor told the judge that Dyke had received a caution for an affray, and had been fined for another unnamed offence.

Representing Dyke, Jason Coulter said: "It would be difficult to say whether he had been dishonest. It's a jury point. Those are points to be argued in due course."

The judge agreed to send these latest allegations of fraud to Bristol Crown Court to join with the trial of issue due on April 16.