A psychiatrist of Indian origin from the US, Mohammed Shakeel Siddiqui, was recently arrested in New Zealand by the concerned authorities over the alleged identity theft. Even though Siddiqui calls himself a victim of clerical error, he manipulated his identity in order to work in the country.
Siddiqui has been charged with receiving certain monetary advantage through deceitful means. The police claims that he stole testimonials of a doctor in Illinois who shared similar name with Siddiqui.
Shakeel Siddiqui is originally from India and has a degree in philosophy from the University of Arizona. He also has a degree in Psychiatry and Neurology from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
He had sent his CV from Lafayette, Indiana through a recruitment agency which was responsible for cross-checking his documents. The information was further passed on to the New Zealand Medical Council which carried out a more closer check. The New Zealand Medical Council offered him a year's contract to work as a practising psychiatrist with the Waikato District Health Board (DHB).
The matter drew attention when Siddiqui's colleagues became anxious about his professional behaviour and hence reported the matter to their manager. Siddiqui's lawyer Kerry Burroughs found a report written by a senior psychiatrist Dr.Darby which said that Siddiqui had been performing well and even above the expected standards in all professionally concerned areas.
Things worsened when Siddiqui sent an email to his managers regarding safety measures on the admission of an acute patient. In this case Dr.Darby withdrew his supervisory role, without which Siddiqui was not allowed to work. By this time Siddiqui became aware of his mother’s ill health. He emailed his managers immediately to end his contract as he wanted to get back to his mother in India .
However, he was arrested two days later. Lawyer Burroughs commented on the matter and said his client Siddiqui is innocent and has fallen in the trap of clerical faults