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Cashing out Irish surgeon ordered to pay back over €660k after insurance scam and mortgage fraud

Anthony McGrath (48) was jailed for eight years in 2019 for his crimes and now faces an additional five-year sentence if he fails to pay back more than half a million pounds in a three-month deadline.

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Irish surgeon Anthony McGrath was sentenced to eight years in prison
Photo: Bedfordshire Police

Irish surgeon Anthony McGrath was sentenced to eight years in prison Photo: Bedfordshire Police

Irish surgeon Anthony McGrath was sentenced to eight years in prison Photo: Bedfordshire Police

An Irish medical consultant who was jailed for committing an insurance scam and mortgage fraud has been ordered to pay back more than €661,000 to UK authorities. 

Orthopaedic surgeon Anthony McGrath (48) was jailed for eight years in 2019 for his crimes but now faces an additional five-year sentence if he fails to pay back more than €661k within a three-month deadline.

He was previously based in the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore in north-west London but is banned from practicing indefinitely.

McGrath, whose criminal offences were featured on Channel 4’s 24 Hours in Police Custody, must now repay £564,518.97 (€661,000) to the HMCTS South East Regional Confiscation Unit by June 26th.

Judge Steven Evans made the order on Friday at Luton crown court following a three day hearing - two years into McGrath's sentence.

The surgeon was heavily in debt when he made a false report in 2015 to police that 95 items worth £182,612.50 were stolen from the house he and his family were renting on the Luton Hoo country estate.

McGrath claimed that items stolen included expensive jewellery, silverware, artwork, Ming vases, oriental rugs, antiques and furniture, including a 19th-century Rococo red marble fireplace worth £30,000.

However, information on photo files that McGrath sent police of the stolen property showed that they were in fact taken at his family home in Meath, Somerville House.

In addition to his forged insurance claim, McGrath also submitted three fraudulent mortgage applications on two properties amounting to £1.1 million, including his seven-bedroom house in St. Albans, Hertfordshire.

Judge Steven Evans concluded that his total “criminal benefit” from the fraudulent mortgage loans had been £974,114, following a three-day Proceeds of Crime Act confiscation hearing at Luton Crown Court.

After examining the surgeon's assets, the judge ruled that McGrath should pay back over half a million pounds or face further jail time.

Judge Evans said that when McGrath was asked to provide evidence, he was “unco-operative and unforthcoming with information."

He added: “In short I found him to be a thoroughly dishonest witness, quite prepared to manipulate and forge evidence and tell lies in court.”

McGrath must now repay £564,518 by 26th June under the Proceeds of Crime Act or he will face an additional five years in prison.

Paul Fitzsimmons of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit police said: “Despite arguing he shouldn't have to pay back a penny, McGrath was found by our specialist financial investigators to be in possession of assets worth significant sums.

“However, he continued to once again waste significant police time and resources across an extended period to prolong the inevitable.”

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