Disgraced slimming pill GP Sudesh Madan ordered to pay back £1m

A DISGRACED doctor who illegally sold slimming pills from a clinic in Huddersfield has been ordered to pay back more than £1m.

A DISGRACED doctor who illegally sold slimming pills from a clinic in Huddersfield has been ordered to pay back more than £1m.

Sudesh Madan, 58, was jailed for 18 months in May after admitting possessing a controlled drug with intent to supply.

Sudesh Madan
Sudesh Madan

She was behind a clinic based at the Prospect House business centre at Springwood in Huddersfield, as well as four other locations across the UK.

St Albans Crown Court heard that Madan had received £1,050,000 by selling the pills.

She must now sell two properties she owns or face an extra four years in jail.

At the proceeds of crime confiscation hearing, prosecutor Charles White said available assets, in the form of two properties, amounted to the figure of £1,050,000.

Judge Stephen Gullick gave Madan, of Romford, Essex, who was recently released from prison, until April 24, 2011 to pay the money.

Defence barrister Andrew Kerry said he thought it unlikely both properties would be sold by then and added that it was possible he would return to court to ask for extra time.

The court was told Madan sold phentermine and diethylpropion slimming pills at five Easy Slim clinics.

Hertfordshire Police executed warrants at the clinics in Welwyn Garden City, Harlow in Essex, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Barnsley in December last year.

Madan was known as Dr Ahmed to clients at the Huddersfield clinic.

People who attended the Huddersfield weight loss clinic were urged to seek medical advice after it was raided.

Police issued the warning after they shut down the Easyslim office at the Prospect Business Centre on Prospect Street, as part of an operation targeting five of the clinics across the country.

Sudesh Madan
Sudesh Madan

They were alerted when their colleagues in Essex interviewed a woman about an unrelated offence and discovered she had been taking slimming pills prescribed by Madan, who was struck off the medical register by the General Medical Council (GMC) in 2001.

This following proceedings against her for serious professional misconduct relating to the prescription of unlicensed slimming drugs.

Financial Investigator Vanessa Kemp, of Hertfordshire Police economic crime unit, said: “Thanks to this confiscation order, she'll no longer be able to live the lifestyle to which she was unlawfully accustomed.”

A share of the value of the money will be given to the police force to help fight crime.

 

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