Fake IVF specialist preys on trusting victims
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.