Physician on trial for defrauding Medicare

A Queensland physician allegedly used useless sufferers to defraud Medicare out of greater than $350,000.

Tony Mufutau Oluwatoyin Bakare is accused of constructing 1000’s of false claims between 2014 and 2017.

On the opening day of his Brisbane District Court docket trial on Monday, a federal authorities investigator stated she had been tasked with trying into claims made utilizing the GP’s distinctive supplier quantity.

A spreadsheet proven to the jury displayed greater than 7500 rows of claims on dates she stated sufferers had been both identified to be useless or Bakare was abroad.

The court docket heard the dates in query didn’t embody days wherein he was travelling.

The investigator gave proof Medicare advantages paid into the accused’s financial institution accounts from these claims totalled about $360,000.

Bakare owned 4 bulk-billing medical practices at West Burleigh, Oxenford and Underwood on the time the alleged fraud occurred.

In his opening deal with, prosecutor Daniel Caruana stated he would search to show Bakare was conscious he did not present the providers he lodged claims for, knew or was reckless to the actual fact they had been false, and did so to deceive the federal authorities to be able to obtain a monetary benefit.

Bakare has pleaded not responsible to a single depend of acquiring monetary benefit by deception.

Eight witnesses are anticipated to be referred to as in the course of the one-week trial.