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.
Assess the integrity of new employees, contractors or third parties such as by having entry level checks, probationary periods, suitability assessments or security vetting.
Make sure to confirm the identity (an attribute or set of attributes that uniquely describe a subject within a given context) of the person making the request or claim using evidence.
Verify any requests or claim information you receive with an independent and credible source.
Allow clients, staff and third parties to lodge complaints about actions or decisions they disagree with. This may help identify fraud or corruption, such as failure to receive an expected payment.
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