Northside Children’s hospital boss in divorce-related fraud case

According to the prosecutors’ papers, no records could be found for more than a year after Ayoola’s resignation in 2016

A Northside Children’s hospital ex-CEO, who resigned from the Belfast hospital while facing criminal charges for spending nearly €100,000 of its money on luxury travel, expensive meals and decoration for his own home, did not turn over his expense accounts to police and the court.

According to a court document released on Tuesday by the court in Northern Ireland, N.S. Children’s Hospital Dr Ralph Ayoola, the ex-CEO, no longer controlled his expense accounts after he resigned on 31 December 2016.

However, despite this, no records could be found for more than a year.

Ayoola was charged in June 2017 with fraud for allegedly squandering hundreds of thousands of euros (around £320,000) on his own benefit over seven years.

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The maximum term for each count of fraud is 10 years, or seven if they are taken into account consecutively.

Ayoola’s house in Londonderry’s Prestige district, was raided by detectives in December 2016 after claims that he had misused £99,000. He has been charged with fraud charges linked to the invoices for the costs associated with designing, buying and installing cosmetic surgery.

The prosecution alleges that Ayoola abused his position of trust.

• This article was amended on 19 September 2018 to remove a reference to the case of former NHS director Terence Byrne.

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