An NHS scientist has been suspended after carrying out a “sophisticated” scam to defraud John Lewis of more than £1,600.

Maureen Bennie swapped the price tags of expensive products for cheaper ones before purchasing them during a three-month spress ahead of Christmas.

She also returned a watch bought in an online sale in the box of a pricier one, to claim a refund of double of what she’d initially paid.

Ms Bennie admitted misconduct at the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service panel, and was suspended from her profession for 12 months and banned from shopping in John Lewis, both in person and online.

The hearing was told that at the time of the scams, she worked as a biomedical scientist in the Haematology Department for Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS.

The disciplinary panel heard allegations the medical worker has engaged in “ticket swapping and refund fraud” in Glasgow, making “financial” gains amounting to £1,660.

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