Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Dr Anthony McGrath has been jailed for eight years this afternoon, January 24 after being found guilty for orchestrating an insurance scam and mortgage fraud.
Jailing him at Luton Crown Court today, Judge Barbara Mensah branded him “arrogant” and told him “Your lies appear to know no bounds.”
She added: “This is a very sorry tale of a very talented Mr McGrath. Through your talents, you rose to be a successful orthopaedic surgeon and fell, through greed and arrogance, to where you sit today.”
The judge said the fraudulent mortgage applications made by the consultant to secure three mortgages were worth more than a million pounds on two properties. And demonstrated “breath-taking brazenness” with the forged and false documents he had produced.
The judge said: “The mortgage frauds were well planned and sophisticated.
“Your dishonesty knows no limits because, even after you gained financial assistance, you still needed more money and that led you to make a fraudulent claim for a burglary.
“Because of your arrogance, you didn’t think an insurance company or the police would question a man of your standing.”
McGrath, however wasn’t in the dock to hear the number of years he must serve behind bars.
Halfway through the sentencing, he shouted at the judge “You suppressed the information. You have abused your power as a judge.”
He then told Judge Mensah “You are an abusive, racist and terrible person. Shame on you for suppressing the truth.”
McGrath said the jury had not heard the truth and went on to say “You talk to me as if I am a child. Shame on you.”
He was led downstairs to the cells while the judge completed the sentencing. The court heard a confiscation hearing will now be heard to seize the assets of McGrath.
The £1.1million home he bought through his fraudulent mortgage applications has been found to have structural faults, meaning it can’t be sold.
The judge was told that McGrath hadn’t paid a penny of his mortgage in repayments on the home.
Before sentencing was passed today, the court was told that McGrath will never be able to practice again and his career is now ruined.