'Fake psychiatrist' to be sentenced

  • 18/09/2017
The man who faked his psychiatry qualifications is due in Hamilton District Court on Monday.
The man who faked his psychiatry qualifications is due in Hamilton District Court on Monday. Photo credit: Chris Bruce

A man who faked his qualifications to gain employment at the Waikato District Health Board as a psychiatrist has failed in his bid to vacate his guilty pleas at the Hamilton District Court today.

Mohamed Shakeel Siddiqui, 56, had pleaded guilty in March to four charges of deception and forgery after he was arrested in July 2015.

Mr Siddiqui had sought to change his pleas upon changing to his fifth different lawyer, but this was rejected by Judge Glen Marshall.

The Indian national than asked the judge through his lawyer Gregory Bradford to recuse himself from the case so that he could appeal the decision.

Judge Marshall also dismissed this attempt by Mr Siddiqui to delay proceedings any further and will sentence him on Monday afternoon.

He has already served over 20 months in prison during legal proceedings and is now facing deportation.

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

He was earning a salary of more than $165,000, after being recruited by International Medical Recruitment, before suspicions were raised about his credentials, and charges were laid.

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

He has been in custody since December 27, 2015, when he was arrested at Auckland Airport while attempting to flee the country.

NZN