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Doctor charged for forgery in $5 million insurance payout

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:54 PM

A 36-year-old medical doctor from Westmoreland is to return to court next year on fraud charges over allegations that he falsely benefited from about $5 million in an insurance payout.

Detectives attached to the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch arrested and charged Jepthroy Thompson on Wednesday for breaches of the Larceny Act.

He's to return to the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court on January 6, to answer to charges of obtaining money by false pretence, forgery, uttering forged documents and demanding money by means of forged documents. 

The police say between June 2013 and October 2014, Dr Thompson submitted claims to a health insurance agency stating that surgical operation was done on several individuals with the assistance of a particular anaesthetist and an assistant surgeon.

Based on the claims, the insurance company reportedly paid out $4.9 million to Dr. Thompson.

However, the police say their investigation disclosed that the named anaesthetist and the assistant surgeon did not participate in any of the surgeries and were not beneficiaries of any money paid to Dr. Thompson.

A report was subsequently made to the Fraud Squad in September which resulted in the doctor being charged following a probe into the matter.