A bogus psychiatrist prescribed medication to 164 patients at one mental health trust, the BBC has found.

Zholia Alemi, jailed in 2018 for fraud, worked around the UK and for the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT), despite being unqualified.

Norfolk and Suffolk mental health campaigners said it was “shocking” and called for a full external audit.

NSFT said it carried out checks before appointing Alemi and had terminated her contract as a result of concerns.

‘Inadequate checks’

New Zealander Alemi, who worked in the NHS for 22 years despite having no qualifications, was jailed last October for defrauding a patient in Workington, Cumbria.

While with a locum agency in 2014-15, she worked with patients of NSFT.

Responding to a Freedom of Information request from the BBC, NSFT said following Alemi’s

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