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Fake Japan doctor arrested

2012-09-24 14:04

Tokyo - Japanese police on Monday arrested a man who posed as a doctor to earn cash, examining 2 300 people with little more than a few hours of self-study to back it up, police and media said.

Miyabi Kuroki, 43, had no experience of medical school and passed himself off as a qualified doctor after finding the identity of a legitimate physician on the Internet, Jiji Press reported.

He was dispatched by an employment agency to a Tokyo hospital where he conducted medical interviews, examined electrocardiograms and explained check-up results to more than 2 300 people, local media said.

He was undone when a medical exam study school where he had "taught" became suspicious and contacted the hospital.

Police in Tokyo said on Monday they had arrested Kuroki on suspicion of forging a medical licence in 2009 and earning ¥2.62m ($34 000) by illegally working part time as a doctor at a hospital in Tokyo in 2010 and 2011.

The suspect reportedly admitted the wrongdoing, telling investigators: "I wanted money to pay child care and living expenses."

The hospital where he worked has apologised for the incident and asked all those seen by him to go back for re-testing.

Comments
  • melusi.myaluza - 2012-09-24 14:14

    So forgery is not only a south african problem,its world wide,very comforting news indeed!

  • mshiniboys - 2012-09-24 14:42

    bogus doctors are all over SA.

  • buti.lembe - 2012-09-24 15:12

    23.000 people? how many people did he killed. If no one he's a really doctor by birth, no need for him to get a medical certificate.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-09-24 15:15

    You don't need automotive background to be a driver.

  • Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-09-24 16:02

    one young Dr. YL Patel qualifies as a GP and starts a practice in Durban, Dr YL Patel also has 2 brothers sharing the same initials and surname, YL Patel!!!! And guess what!!!? his 2 brothers also decides to also open practices in the townships as Dr. YL Patel!!! So ALL 3 of them are practising as GP's using one qualification!!!!!!! True story!!!!!

  • TaZz Zen - 2012-09-24 16:22

    here in our country there are so many fake Doctors sad thing is no one is capable of arresting them..

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