A man convicted of rape was able to find employment with vulnerable people in a hospital psychiatric unit.
Nathan Puma lied to get the job at the Ablett unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital, and while working there he perpetrated a series of frauds.
In a fraud, he tricked a single mother who responded to an offer on social media to join an escort agency. He promised her several thousand pounds which she never received, told her his name was Jason and slept with her several times before using her name and contact details to apply for loans from a total amount of £ 51,000.
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She received reimbursement requests and went to the police. The woman, who was studying at the university, also contracted an infection which she attributed to her meeting with “Jason”.
In another fraud, he claimed to have served in the military and won the Victoria Cross.
Puma, 29, formerly of Colwyn Crescent, Rhos-on-Sea, pleaded guilty to a series of frauds and failing to comply with sex offender notification requirements and was jailed for five years.
Mold Crown Court has learned he has given a false date of birth and a disclosure check showing he has no convictions to get the job at the hospital.
His lie was discovered in the Ablett unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital after earning £ 5,396 as a healthcare worker with vulnerable patients. He was convicted of rape in 2012.
Prosecutor Andrew Green said when Puma worked at Glan Clwyd he tricked a nurse, living in a trailer to be away from his family because of Covid, to sign a rental agreement for a house in Rhos-on-Sea which he did not clean but had been renovating. She said she had lost £ 7,500.
In 2019, Puma got a job for a company at Deeside, claiming he was a former military man and won the Victoria Cross. He was fired for dishonesty after four months, the prosecutor said.
Defense attorney Owen Edwards said some frauds had elements of fantasy. Few won the VC and many were posthumous awards. Puma had said he was contrite and had converted to Christianity.
He had lost his marriage, his home, his beloved dogs and his grandfather died while in prison.
“It is now at the bottom. He really wants to build a new life, ”said the lawyer
Judge Niclas Parry described Puma as a “mean and ruthless professional fraudster” who had been committing an offense since the age of 17.
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