A BARNSLEY dentist pleaded guilty at court for continuing to treat patients despite not being registered.

Mum-of-two Jane Penvose, 43, of Carrfield Close, was removed from the General Dentist Council’s register in August 2012 for non-payment of her annual retention fee.

A dental practitioner for 24 years, Penvose forged a General Dental Council certificate when her membership lapsed.

Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting at Barnsley Magistrates' Court, said: "Some £23,400 in wages was obtained by this woman. There may have been other costs incurred by the small practice she worked for."

Philip Stables, defending, said there had been no complaints from patients about Penvose.

He said: "Mrs Penvose had to get the certification to carry on practising. She did not have the money to do so.

"She made a clumsy attempt to cover that up because of financial problems after her husband lost his job."

Penvose admitted two charges of fraud by false representation and illegally practising dentistry. She will be sentenced for the two frauds at Sheffield Crown Court on November 22.

Penvose, who was granted unconditional bail, was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge for illegally practising dentistry.