A Sydney woman faked multiple medical documents to access Centrelink fund, a tribunal recently discovered. Fairfax Media reported on April 3 that the woman not only forged papers about her son’s purported heart disease but also claimed she too suffered from the same medical condition.
Aklima Akter told Centrelink that her son was suffering from congenital heart disease and falsified a number of medical certificates one of which was claimed to be signed by a Bangladeshi doctor named A K M Aminul Hoque. When southasia.com.au checked the website of Bangladesh National Medical College, it indeed found Dr. Hoque to be the head of its department of medicine and an associate professor.
“The medical notes were riddled with errors and inconsistencies, yet despite Centrelink rejecting her claims she pursued the matter all the way to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal,” a smh.com.au report said.
It appears Akter first tried to take advantage of the taxpayer-funded welfare system on account of the imaginary ill-health of her son and then indulged in further forgery to have her travel expenses reimbursed because she suffered from similar medical condition.
Her claim for travel allowance was rejected because ‘she had stated she did no volunteer or paid work for which she would need to travel’.
She was so set on winning the easy government money that her creativity gave birth to a Plan B. Fairfax Media said she then went on to fake another document in which Aminul Hoque, who was a medical doctor before, became a marriage registrar. The document so submitted said Akter was involved in “voluntary work for a charitable to help those ill treated woman or disable woman and man for their after marriage support life”.
Akter’s phony attempt was confirmed when three doctors who she claimed diagnosed her son’s congenital heart disease told the tribunal that Akter’s son showed ‘no signs indicating the problem’.
The doctors’ certificates the woman submitted are reportedly cut and paste recreations of what may or may not be original doctor certificates. Interestingly, she did accept at the tribunal hearing that she did not suffer from any congenital heart disease.
Department of Human Services has a fraud reporting system in place which people can use to tip off cases of fraud anonymously. One can either call 131 524 or report online at https://www.centrelink.gov.au/wps/portal/clk_common/TORS#stay.