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A NHS director on &pound250,000 was sacked from his job after disgruntled worker discovered he had robbed a shop at gunpoint. Craig Alexander was jailed for three and a half years in 2007 for armed robbery and he failed to disclose conviction before landing a top job at NHS Brent.

He was placed by an unnamed recruitment company who failed to disclose the criminal conviction. Has now been sacked after his conviction came to light

Craig Alexander, 32, was working as interim borough director for NHS Brent, in north-west London, when it was discovered he had been jailed for three and a half years in September 2007 for holding up a shop at gunpoint and threatening two cashiers.

Alexander, of Walton, Surrey, was trapped by DNA evidence which linked him to the firearm six years after he robbed the Tesco Express store in 2001.

After he was freed from prison he failed to disclose his conviction and managed to land a top six-figure job in the health service.

By the time he was exposed he was managing and overseeing multi-million pound taxpayer-funded budgets and was thought to be earning about &pound250,000 a year.

It is believed he was found out when a colleague looked him up online after he was rude at work.

A spokesman for NHS Brent said: 'The person concerned was provided through a staffing agency.

'We have now terminated our contract with the individual from the agency for failing to disclose a criminal conviction.'

Alexander, who had held his senior post since January 2012, stole &pound1,140 cash and cheques worth &pound89.97 after he robbed his local Tesco shop in Byfleet, Woking, on October 12, 2001.


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