Medical professor is stopped form seeing patients after claiming he didn’t realise he was being paid salaries by both Cambridge University and UCL – even though he used them to make £50,000 mortgage payment
- Akhilesh Reddy claimed he was not aware he was receiving two full salaries
- Receiving salaries from University College London and University of Cambridge
- The professor claimed he did not check his bank balance until February 2016
- Tribunal did not find account credible and said he was a ‘financially aware man’
A Cambridge University professor has been suspended from his position after dishonestly claiming he did not know he was being paid full salaries from two different universities.
Professor Akhilesh Reddy, who is also a medical doctor, was receiving salaries from both University College London (UCL) and the University of Cambridge, but said he believed that he was ‘sharing his salary’ between the two, a tribunal heard.
The academic, whose dishonesty extended over a period of approximately 14 months, also made a £50,000 mortgage repayment with his large sum of money.
However the tribunal did not accept that Professor Reddy was financially naive and instead said he was a ‘financially aware man’ who ‘dishonestly took advantage of a situation for his own financial gain’.
Professor Akhilesh Reddy (pictured) was receiving salaries from both University College London (UCL) and the University of Cambridge
A medical tribunal heard how Professor Reddy’s full-time employment with UCL commenced on September 28, 2015 but the building where he was due to work was not yet completed.
He therefore continued both with his research at the University Of Cambridge and with clinical work at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
However the professor did not resign from the University Of Cambridge where his full-time employment continued until November 30, 2016 and dishonestly claimed two salaries, the tribunal heard.
In a statement read during his tribunal the professor said that ‘he did not know he was in receipt of two full-time salaries’ and did not check his bank account until February 2016.
The professor also said that he believed that the University Of Cambridge and UCL had ‘come to an agreement about balancing payments from the two institutions’ and that both establishments were aware of his position.
In a statement read to the tribunal, he said: ‘It was my genuine belief that all necessary people were fully aware of the position.
‘With the benefit of hindsight, I regret not being more proactive in ensuring that I specifically notified UCL of the situation.
‘However, at the time, I thought that my employment situation was clear and widely known.’
However the tribunal did not accept that Professor Reddy was unaware of his situation and felt his argument lacked credibility.
The academic carried out his research at the University Of Cambridge (pictured) while he was still in full-time employment with UCL
The academic said that he believed the University Of Cambridge and UCL had ‘come to an agreement about balancing payments from the two institutions’. Pictured: St John’s College, Cambridge University
This was further demonstrated by a £50,000 mortgage repayment.
In a document publishing the decision, the tribunal wrote: ‘Whilst the Tribunal accepts that Professor Reddy did not set out to be dishonest, he dishonestly took advantage of a situation for his own financial gain.
‘Professor Reddy’s dishonesty extended over a period of approximately 14 months and involved a substantial amount of money, albeit an agreed sum of money was repaid.’
The Medical Practitioners Tribunal has suspended Professor Reddy from the medical register for misconduct and the academic has since moved to Pennsylvania in the U.S. to continue his research following the allegations.
A UCL spokesman: ‘UCL immediately took action as soon as we became aware that Akhilesh Reddy was drawing two salaries and he is no longer employed by UCL.
‘This was a unique set of circumstances that involved the complex transfer of an academic group who remained for a period of time at their previous university before moving to a laboratory separate from UCL’s campus.
‘The behaviour of the individual involved fell seriously below the standards of behaviour we expect from members of UCL’s academic community.’
A University of Cambridge spokesman said it was ‘profoundly disappointed’ by Professor Reddy’s actions.