Patel avoids more jail time over fraud

The 63-year-old was sentenced in the Brisbane District Court today for fraudulently working as a doctor in Queensland between 2003 and 2005.

Patel had lied on Queensland medical registration forms and fudged his CV to hide a chequered professional past in the US and gain employment in the state as a senior medical officer at Bundaberg Base Hospital.

He’d left the hospital in 2005 amid serious complaints about his professional abilities and was extradited from the US in 2008 to face criminal negligence charges in Queensland.