A man who made 1,000 fraudulent applications to get a job as a doctor has been jailed for 15 months.

Bai Bai Ahmed Kabia made up different qualifications and lied about his employment history in an attempt to deceive employers.

The 46-year-old, from South Shields, Tyne and Wear, was found guilty of 12 counts of fraud and was described by the judge at Newcastle Crown Court as showing "breathtaking arrogance," reported the BBC.

An investigation was launched when a sample of his applications contained exaggerations over qualifications and where he had worked.

Kabia's lies included being a registered General Medical Council doctor; that he had an MSc from University College London; and that he was a member of the Royal College of Physicians.

Kabia had studied as a doctor in Russia but moved to the UK in 1994 before he trained as a podiatrist.

The alarm was raised last year when Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust contacted NHS Protect - the body that tackles crime across the health service - after interviewing him for a role.

NHS Protect then issued an alert to trusts across England and Wales, requesting job applications he submitted.

Dave Horsley, anti-fraud specialist with NHS Protect, said: "Dr Kabia submitted job applications that he knew to be false, trying to deceive his potential employers.

"Had he been successful, Dr Kabia's appointment would have given him direct access to treat patients.

"The custodial sentence reflects the seriousness of these offences and will serve as a powerful deterrent to others."