A Dunedin accountant who gave false medical certificates to
his former workplace and a bogus reference to a recruitment
company has been struck off as a member the New Zealand
Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Simon Michael Collins admitted charges brought before the
institute's disciplinary tribunal for conduct "unbecoming an
accountant" and breaching the professional body's code of
The particulars of these charges - which Collins also
admitted - said the accountant had provided false medical
certificates to is former employer for an absence from work
in August last year.
"When questioned about the false medical certificates, he
asserted that he had received medical treatment in Timaru,
including surgery, when this was false," the institute's
decision on the matter said.
The institute's decision did not identify Collins' former
work and said its identity was suppressed.
Collins also admitted providing the name of a manager at his
former work as a referee to a recruitment company, but gave
his home telephone number as a contact.
The institute only identified this manager as "Mr X".
"[Collins] either gave a telephone reference impersonating Mr
X or arranged for another person to impersonate Mr X during a
telephone reference," the institute said.
The tribunal said "repeated dishonesty" was "incompatible
with membership of the Institute".
It ordered Collins' name be removed from the Institute's
register of members and order him to pay it $9348 in costs.