A pharmacist who cheated the NHS out of more than £76,000 in a prescription scam has been jailed for 16 months.

Michael Lloyd, 52, made fraudulent claims on 1,500 prescriptions from his Talbot Pharmacy at Talbot Green, Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Examples included billing the NHS for £12,000 for the dementia drug Donepezil while dispensing medication worth £233.

Lloyd, of Talbot Green, admitted fraud at Cardiff Crown Court.

The court heard Lloyd, who part-owned the pharmacy, changed information on tablet and liquid medication by “crossing out and using Tippex”.

Prosecutor Peter Donnison said: “The fraud was that Lloyd had prescribed the cheaper form of medication but then billed the NHS for the more expensive liquid form.

“There is no suggestion that other pharmacies in the area were involved and no patients were

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