A man has admitted faking psychiatrist qualifications to get a job with the Waikato District Health Board (WDHB) worth more than $165,000.
The eight-day trial of Mohamed Shakeel Siddiqui, 55, was due to kick off in the Hamilton District Court today, but he had a change of heart minutes before it was to start.
He admitted stealing the credentials of another doctor in America with a similar name, but Siddiqui’s lawyer Jonathan Temm said the Crown accepted that Siddiqui is a qualified doctor - just not one with psychiatric qualifications.
Siddiqui originally faced 13 charges of forging documents, altering documents and obtaining by deception.
Concerns about hisbehaviour were raised by his supervisor and an investigation led to the police charging him with obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception, relating to his employment between January and July 2015. (more…)
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