A man who ran a business providing emergency medical care despite not being able to prove he was a qualified ambulance technician has been jailed.
Kevin Davis, 53 (14.8.64), of Ridgacre Lane, Quinton, Birmingham, appeared at Croydon Crown Court on Tuesday, 23 January, where he was sentenced to 29 months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud.
Detectives from Croydon CID began an investigation into Davis after he failed to provide the correct documentation following the death of 15-year-old Rio Andrew at an illegal rave in Croydon in June 2014.
Davis, who was from a company called Pioneer Medical Solutions, had provided medical care for people who attended the rave, held in a disused Royal Mail building in Cherry Orchard Road.
Rio, who died as a result of multiple organ failure and ecstasy intoxication, was treated by Davis and two of his colleagues, who were both trainee ambulance technicians who had to be supervised by a qualified technician.
All three men were interviewed by police to clarify the time lapse between Rio becoming unwell, to when he was taken out of the venue and handed over to London Ambulance Service (LAS) paramedics.
At the inquest of Rio Andrew in January 2016, Davis was called as a witness and replied ‘no comment’ to all questions asked of him by the Coroner.
As a result, the Coroner said during the hearing that, although Rio's death couldn’t have been prevented, questions needed to be answered in relation to the validity of Davis's qualifications and asked for the police to further investigate.
Throughout the course of the investigation into Rio’s death, Davis had been asked to produce certificates and any other evidence that he was a qualified ambulance technician.
Initially, Davis provided police with a series of certificates, including a number relating to first aid and primary care, however none of them contained correct required qualification of an Institute of Health Care and Development (IHCD) ambulance technician.
Despite being asked to provide the correct qualification on numerous occasions, Davis consistently deferred appointments to attend the police station.
In January 2015, a search warrant was carried out at Davis’s address and the offices of Pioneer Medical Solutions.
Two certificates were seized by officers, one of which appeared to suggest he had qualified as a West Midlands NHS ambulance technician in July 2002 and the other that he had completed an ambulance driving training course in July 2003.
However, the documents were analysed by the head of education for the West Midlands Ambulance Service Trust and he said both were fraudulent.
Davis’s two colleagues said they were both working under his supervision as they believed he was a qualified ICHD ambulance technician.
At the time of the illegal rave, Davis had signed off more than 1,000 hours of their work-based assessments. But, as Davis was not a qualified ambulance technician, these assessments have been invalidated.
Due to the fact the company was not able to take on any new work because of Davis’s lack of qualifications, it closed in April 2015.
Davis’s business partner told police he would not have invested £32,000 in the running of the company if he had known Davis wasn’t a qualified ambulance technician.
Davis pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud at Croydon Crown Court on Monday, 20 November.
Detective Inspector Helen Barling, the deputy senior investigating officer in the case, said: "Davis’s offences have come to light as a result of the investigation into the tragic death of Rio Andrew.
"For more than a year, Davis failed to provide police with the correct documentation proving he was a qualified IHCD ambulance technician and expert analysis of certificates seized from his company offices were found to be fake. As a result of his deceit, Davis’s business partner has lost a large amount of money and more than 1,000 hours of training for his colleagues have been completely invalidated.
"Davis said he did not receive any payment for providing medical care at the illegal rave but, as an unqualified IHCD ambulance technician, he should not have been supervising other’s treatment of patients"