Eight months hard labour for pretending to be a doctor

Eight months hard labour for pretending to be a doctor

A man will spend the next eight months in jail after he impersonated a medical doctor.

Thirty-six year old Satyam Harrilal was charged with the offence.

Charged for impersonating a doctor: Satyam Harrilal

The Court heard that last week Thursday, an estate police working at the San Fernando General Hospital (SFGH) saw Harrlial in a white pair of jeans and a T-shirt. He walked past her quickly and entered the elevator on the ground floor.

When she tried to ask for his identification, he said that she did not know him and the elevator doors closed.

Harrilal, a former clerical assistant, returned to the security guard minutes later and told her that he worked at the Hospital as a medical doctor. He was dressed in medical scrubs, disposable sanitary shoes, and had a stethoscope around his neck.

The estate constable and another man cornered eventually Harrilal a short time after and asked for verification. But,  he said that he worked at the Port of Spain General Hospital but was contracted for SFGH for a project.

He was eventually arrested and taken to the San Fernando Police Station.

Investigations revealed that Harrilal is a not medical doctor and is not registered with the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago.

He was sentenced to eight months hard labour for the offence.


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