A “fake” psychologist who treated more than 150 WorkSafe Victoria and Transport Accident Commission patients and received more than $1 million in payments has been jailed for five years. God forbid that any one of you was made to see this evil man! Perhaps the poor police officer was forced to be “independently examined” by him?
WorkSafe “psychologist” jailed for five years
Dusan Milosevic, who provided forged Degrees from Serbia’s Belgrade University to the Victorian Psychologists Registration Board, practised in the State for seven years from 2001 and conducted more than 7000 consultations, County Court Judge Liz Gaynor said in sentencing the 48 year old.
Milosevic had pleaded not guilty to 32 counts of using a false document and obtaining financial advantage and property by deception. He was found guilty by a jury and ordered to repay $35,000 to WorkSafe and the TAC. He will be eligible for parole in two-and-a-half years.
Fake psychologist’s $1m TAC, WorkSafe haul
Date: September 29, 2011
A fraudulent psychologist has been jailed after receiving more than $1 million in inappropriate payments from two state government agencies.
Dusan Milosevic, 48, purported to have Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Belgrade in psychology when seeking registration in Victoria and NSW in 1998.
Three years later he became a registered service provider with WorkSafe, which referred patients who had been injured at work to him for counselling. Later, the Transport Accident Commission also referred clients to him.
It was not until 2008 that Milosevic’s elaborate hoax was revealed, when he tried to bill WorkSafe for work he claimed to have done – but was overseas at the time.
By the time he was deregistered, he had received more than $1 million from both WorkSafe and the TAC.
A County Court jury last month convicted Milosevic of 29 counts of obtaining property by deception, two counts of using a false document and one count of obtaining a financial advantage by deception.
In sentencing this morning, Judge Liz Gaynor described the frauds as serious and said the relationship between a psychologist and patients was one of trust.
She said there was no evidence of remorse because Milosevic had contested the trial and given evidence, which she described as “highly unbelievable”.
Before migrating to Australia in the 1990s, Milosevic was a secret policeman in Serbia and once provided security to former president Slobodan Milosevic.
Milosevic was jailed for five years and two months and must serve a minimum of two and a half years before being eligible for parole.