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'Fake psychiatrist' pleads guilty

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/03/2017

A man who used forged documents to get a job working as a psychiatrist for the Waikato DHB has pleaded guilty to four charges.

Mohamed Siddiqui was arrested in July, 2015 after he resigned his position at the District Health Board before attempting to leave the country.

The 55-year-old admitted to using a document to secure a pecuniary advantage and obtaining a New Zealand medical licence by deception at the Hamilton District Court on Tuesday.

He also admitted he "used a title, namely psychiatrist, implying that he is a health practitioner of a particular kind".

Siddiqui had been working at the DHB for about six months when concerns were raised about his professional abilities.

He was granted bail in the lead up to his trial, that was abandoned on Tuesday, but was sent to prison when he attempted to flee New Zealand to see his terminally ill mother in India.

Judge Glen Marshall further remanded Siddiqui in custody and will sentence him on April 6.

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