Former sex worker, con didn’t treat patients

2012-08-20 00:00

A FORMER sex worker arrested in Pine­town two months ago for posing as a doctor at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital did not treat any patients in the four months that he supposedly worked there.

Jonathan Peterson (27) from Pietermaritzburg was arrested after conning several contractors, and made them believe that he owned a 50% shareholding in Netcare, the country’s largest private hospital group.

During his four month con, Peterson claimed he was a cardiologist and cancer specialist from Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital.

The hospital has come out and said he did not see any patients while “working” there.

“The bogus doctor never saw patients at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital,” spokesperson John Thusi told The Witness yesterday.

In a written plea read in front of the Durban Commercial Crimes Court, Peterson — who is a high school dropout — admitted to posing as a cardiologist at the hospital for more than two months, and had completed an application form, using the name “Dr Andile Duma” to gain access to the hospital.

He reportedly decided to masquerade as a doctor after deciding that being a sex worker was not working for him.

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that Peterson created a fake doctor identity card and even took “clients” on tours of private hospitals including Netcare’s Umhlanga Hospital and St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban.

He is alleged to have convinced several contractors that he could secure them lucrative tenders for a new state-of-the-art hospital in KwaMashu township’s Bridge City.

In another scam, he advertised a contract to establish a Netcare call centre.

Peterson is expected to appear again in court on September 6 where he faces up to 43 counts of fraud and forgery.

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