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New Zealand fake doctor pleads guilty in Hamilton

DPA German Press Agency logo DPA German Press Agency 14/03/2017

A man accused of faking his qualifications to work as a psychiatrist at a New Zealand hospital pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of deception and forgery, local media has reported.

Mohamed Shakeel Siddiqui had been employed as a consultant psychiatrist at Hamilton Hospital for about six months in 2015 when concerns were raised about his professional abilities.

He originally faced 13 charges of forging documents, altering documents and obtaining by deception.

On Tuesday the 55-year-old admitted in court to stealing thecredentials of another doctor in America with a similar name,according to The New Zealand Herald.

He also used fake references when applying for a job as a psychiatrist in Waikato, website Stuff reported.

Siddiqui was convicted and remanded in custody for sentencing next month, the Herald reported.

A similar case in Australia recently prompted an independent reviewafter an Indian man posing as a doctor was able to work in fourhospitals for more than a decade.

Shyam Acharya worked as a junior doctor at hospitals in Manly, Wyong,Hornsby and Gosford from 2003 to 2014. 

Authorities allege Acharya stole another man's identity in Indiabefore he moved to Australia, where he then registered with themedical board in the state of New South Wales.

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