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22 March 2002 News Update


A guilty verdict for an Auckland doctor charged with fraud and wilfully attempting to obstruct the course of justice is a warning to health practitioners.

Dr Christie Arianesan Philipiah used documents to defraud the health system
from February 1998 to June 2000. He used general medical services claim forms to obtain money he was not entitled to. He was also found guilt of obstructing the course of justice by falsifying patient records.

"The guilty verdict should act as a warning to health practitioners that the ministry takes a vigorous approach to anyone found abusing the system," says Ministry of Health deputy director-general Debbie Chin.

The ministry also sought to recover more than $850,000 worth of inappropriate claims.

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