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Fake IVF specialist preys on trusting victims

Date published
July 2018

Relevant impacts: Financial impact, human impact and reputational impact

A Victorian man falsely claiming to be a qualified in vitro fertilisation (IVF) specialist performed a range of treatments on 30 victims. The man who never studied medicine:

  • deliberately deceived his victims
  • defrauded them of $370,000
  • performed invasive procedures on their bodies.

Some victims lost the opportunity to conceive a child through legitimate IVF providers. The court found the man:

  • acted without regard for the effects on his victims (who were desperate to fall pregnant)
  • breached the trust they had in him
  • encouraged false hope.

The man was sentenced to a minimum of 6 years and 6 months in prison. He will also be a registered sex offender for life.

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