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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Amy Walker

Fraudster claimed to be working paramedic to get a job at a funeral parlour

A man claimed to be a working paramedic despite being dismissed to get a job at a funeral parlour. Andrew Braithwaite, 52, told his new prospective employers that he was a paramedic and that he had no previous convictions on his record.

However, it was later discovered that he had been dismissed from his role as a qualified medic and had previously committed offences of dishonesty, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Braithwaite, of Rossendale, admitted fraud by false representation and was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge.


Judge Sarah Johnston, sentencing, told him: “You are here to be sentenced for a single offence of fraud dating back to July 23 2016, when you made a false representation that you were a paramedic to secure employment to a funeral provider.

“You have been a qualified paramedic in the past but were dismissed and were not entitled to hold yourself as a paramedic, a position that is held in our community to a certain degree of trust and confidence.”

She said that she was satisfied that he told nobody that he was dismissed in the hope it would ‘support the prospect of gaining employment’.

He was later suspended and left the job for unrelated reasons, Manchester Crown Court heard. There was also ‘no quantifiable loss’ to the company.

“You were dismissed, leave it there. You are clearly capable of good work.” Judge Johnston added.

Braithwaite, of Dean Fold, Rossendale, was sentenced to a 12 month conditional discharge.

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