The Conservative Party is calling for more rigorous scrutiny of Medicare scams after a prominent Queensland doctor was accused of rorting Medicare to the tune of more than $370,000 by falsely claiming he’d treated thousands of patients, including some who were dead.
The Courier Mail reports, 49 year old Tony Mufutau Oluwatoyin Bakare, (pictured) has been charged with making more than 4000 false claims to Medicare on dates that investigators claim the GP was out of the country.
The thousands of allegedly false claims, including 22 which relate to the treatment of patients who were dead, were made between April 2014 and August 2017.
Bakare, a prominent doctor who has more than 18,000 Twitter followers including former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, describes himself online as a medical doctor, faith researcher, producer, singer, songwriter, visionary, pioneer and worshipper who is “seeking a loving, peaceful and better world for all humankind”.
Bakare’s lawyer Basil Karsas told The Courier-Mail the doctor would be defending the charges.
According to court documents, Bakare was the sole director a number of Queensland GP clinics when the allegedly false claims were submitted.
It’s alleged Bakare, a Nigerian-born doctor who became an Australian citizen in 2006, submitted 4065 Medicare claims for services he purportedly provided “when he was in fact not in Australia”.
Court documents allege Bakare travelled overseas 23 times between April 2014 and June 2017 and claimed $371,000 from Medicare during those times.
The doctor, who now lives in Victoria, was arrested on January 10 this year, and given bail on the conditions he surrender his passport and not attempt to leave the country.
He was charged with dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage from the Commonwealth and the case will be mentioned again in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on March 29.
Bakare is still listed as ‘registered’ on the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website.
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