Fraud-accused psychiatrist denies charges

  • 23/11/2015
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The man who allegedly faked his qualifications to secure a job as a psychiatrist with Waikato District Health Board has denied the charges.

Mohamed Shakeel Siddiqui faces 10 fraud-related charges in the Hamilton District Court after he was accused of stealing the credentials of an American doctor with a similar name.

He held the position for six months before concerns were raised about his professional ability.

New charges were laid against the 54-year-old today, alleging he altered a passport and used someone else's credentials to falsely claim he was a qualified psychiatrist.

Concerns about Siddiqui's behaviour were raised by his supervisor earlier this year and a subsequent police investigation led to his arrest in July.

Siddiqui had resigned from the DHB and was planning to fly back to India to be with his terminally ill mother when police apprehended him.

His lawyer Kerry Burroughs asked for legal proceeding to be delayed while more information was gathered by Interpol in the United States that he claimed will prove his client's innocence.

However Judge Noel Cocurulloo said he was not prepared to stall the case any longer and requested Siddiqui to formally enter a plea following months of delays.

He was remanded on bail until his next court appearance on March 23th.

NZN