General practitioner charged over professional facilitation of fraud

A general practitioner is one of two men charged by detectives as part of an ongoing investigation into Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance fraud syndicates operating across Sydney.

In August 2016, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial Crimes Squad established Strike Force Ravens to investigate syndicates targeting the CTP insurance scheme following recommendations of the CTP Task Force.

The CTP Task Force is a NSW Government initiative coordinated by the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA), involving representatives from various government agencies and legal, health, and insurance sectors.

In April 2019, detectives executed search warrants at properties in Pyrmont and Bass Hill, and a Bankstown medical practice.

Documentation and electronic storage devices were seized for forensic examination.

As part of ongoing inquiries, strike force investigators received information that a university had received false medical certificates, which were suspected to be attempts to evade fees under the NSW Government’s student visa training scheme.

Similar medical certificates were also suspected of being submitted for fraudulent CTP insurance claims.

Just after 10am on Wednesday (1 July 2020), strike force investigators arrested a 46-year-old man at a home at Bass Hill.

He was taken to Bankstown Police Station and charged with make false document to obtain financial advantage, use false document to obtain financial advantage, attempt to dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, and conspire with other to cheat and defraud.

Police will allege in court that the man coordinated the supply of fraudulent medical certificates which were submitted as part of CTP insurance and university fee claims.

Following further investigations, a 50-year-old man was arrested at Bankstown Police Station about 8am yesterday (Thursday 2 July 2020).

The man, who is a general practitioner, was charged with attempt dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception, conspire with other to cheat and defraud, and make false document to obtain financial advantage.

Police will allege in court that the man created fraudulent medical records and certificates that were subsequently submitted as part of CTP insurance and university fee claims.

Both men were granted strict conditional bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court on Wednesday 22 July 2020.

To date strike force detectives have charged 37 people with a total of 217 offences in relation to a combined fraud of nearly $17 million.

Investigations under Strike Force Ravens are continuing.

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