Fake Vic doctor fined for six offences

Panayiotis Marlassi-Bouras has been fined $10,000 for posing as a doctor.
Panayiotis Marlassi-Bouras has been fined $10,000 for posing as a doctor.

A fake doctor has been fined after advising a woman to stop taking her epilepsy medication.

Melbourne Magistrates Court heard on Friday that Panayiotis Marlassi-Bouras had been presenting himself as a medical practitioner for at least two months last year.

He was not registered with the Medical Board of Australia and did not have the qualifications needed, but Marlassi-Bouras gave two people a business card that stated otherwise.

The Victorian man was charged by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and found guilty of six charges, relating to falsely claiming to be a medical practitioner.

Magistrate Michael King told the court the offending was reckless, as advising someone to stop taking epilepsy medication was "extremely dangerous and showed callous disregard."

Marlassi-Bouras was fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $1308 in costs to Ahpra.

The maximum penalty for an individual claiming to be a health worker is $30,000.

"Patients put their trust in properly qualified and registered medical practitioners, and it is a gross violation of that trust when someone falsely claims to be registered," Medical Board of Australia Chair Dr Anne Tonkin said.

Australian Associated Press