Prison for greedy Victorian fertility fake
Raffaele Di Paolo failed to get into medical school, but that didn't stop him conning vulnerable Melbourne women and their partners into believing he was a qualified fertility specialist.
The lie spanned more than a decade, during which he fleeced 'patients' out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The 61-year-old, described by a Melbourne judge as a remorseless charlatan, was jailed for 9.5 years on Friday.
County court judge Bill Stuart spent more than a day detailing Mr Di Paolo's web of lies, spanning continents and dating back decades.
It started in Italy, where in the 1990s amid a crackdown on corruption in the medical system, Di Paolo, a dual citizen, obtained forged qualifications showing he was a medical practitioner, obstetrician and gynaecologist.
He was eventually convicted and fined for falsely passing himself off as a doctor but still managed to convince two Roman