Vet slapped with suspended jail term for £10,000 insurance con

Vet examining a dog

Francisco Cruz, 32, was found to have made fictitious veterinary treatment claims for non-existent pets.

Mr Cruz, from Warwickshire, admitted to making false insurance claims for three dogs and a cat that he said had undergone surgery between November 2008 and February 2012.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud by false representation.

Mr Cruz took out the policies in the names of family and friends, sent the insurer invoices from the veterinary practice in which he worked and telephoned

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