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'Psychiatrist' will learn fate in August

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/06/2017

The man accused of forging documents to get a job working as a psychiatrist for the Waikato District Health Board will find out in August whether he will faces charges or even be deported.

Mohamed Shakeel Siddiqui, 56, withdrew his guilty pleas earlier this month after parting company with his lawyer Tom Sutcliffe, who has been replaced by an Auckland barrister.

Siddiqui is currently facing 13 fraud related charges after he was arrested in July 2015 while attempting to leave the country.

He was earning a salary of more than $165,000, after being recruited by an international agency, before suspicions were raised about his credentials.

As part of his job, Siddiqui was tasked with assessing and interacting with mental health patients, including some in secure facilities, and prescribing various medications.

Siddiqui resigned his position after more than six months on the job and had sort to return to India to visit his terminally ill mother, who has since died.

He has already served over 18 months in prison while awaiting trial after being arrested at Auckland Airport, allegedly attempting to flee to America while on bail.

Siddiqui was further remanded in custody until his next appearance at the Hamilton District Court on August 17, when it will be decided whether he can contest the charges.

If his vacation application is rejected by Judge Glen Marshall, Siddiqui could be sentenced and deported instead.

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