|Practitioner:||Dr Anthony Vai Chau Yau|
|Charge Characteristics:|| Forgery
Obtaining by false pretence
|Additional Orders:||Doctor granted interim name
Doctor's interim name suppression vacated: 9950cfindings
A charge was brought by a Complaints Assessment Committee which stated Dr Yau was convicted in the District Court of committing an offence against section 246(2)(a) and two offences against section 265 of the Crimes Act 1961. The offences committed against section 246(2)(a) were obtaining by false pretence and the offence committed against section 265 was forgery.
Each of the offences is punishable by imprisonment for a term of three months or longer.
Under an agreement with the Health Funding Authority ("HFA") Northern District Dr Yau was entitled to claim a government subsidy in respect of the provision of certain services to eligible patients. Dr Yau was subject to a random audit by a compliance unit of the HFA. The result of the audit was a number of claims were found to be false.
To avoid detection of his fraudulent conduct, Dr Yau forged a number of documents, including patient records, attendance book entries, receipts and other accounts information.
Dr Yau co-operated with the compliance unit investigation and subsequently made full reparation to the HFA prior to being dealt with by the Court. He also pleaded guilty to the charges at the first opportunity to do so.
The Tribunal found that the circumstances of the offending did reflect adversely on Dr Yau's fitness to practise medicine.
The Tribunal ordered: