A doctor who signed fake medical certificates for
students has avoided jail time.
Daniel Lawrence Quistorff was sentenced today at Auckland
District Court to 300 hours' community work after being found
guilty of forgery at a trial in April.
The 33-year-old doctor signed 37 fake medical certificates
for international students who could then miss classes
without prejudicing their required attendance rate.
His lawyer Arlan Arman said Quistorff hasn't practised
medicine in three years.
"He is no doubt a good doctor but it's questionable whether
he was the wisest doctor."
Judge Nicola Mathers told Quistorff that his financial reward
was "trivial" for his offending.
"You accept entirely your stupidity."
Judge Mathers said she hoped Quistorff would be able to work
as a doctor again and continue to serve the community.
After sentencing, Quistorff said he was thankful Judge
Mathers took a compassionate view of the case.
"I regret my lapse in judgement."
"I have paid a high price for what happened and I am glad I
finally have the opportunity to move on."
He said he hoped to spend his hours of community work
treating children in South Auckland.
Quistorff was arrested at Auckland International Airport in
December 2011 as he tried to board a plane to California.
Quistorff, who moved to New Zealand from the United States 10
years ago, referred to himself as "Mr McLovin" in an old
social network profile, earned bachelor of medicine and
bachelor of surgery degrees in 2009.
He later worked as a locum at Auckland City Hospital and an
inner-city men's clinic.
The Medical Council said Quistorff's practising certificate
ended in December 2011 and he had not held a certificate
- By Sophie Ryan of APNZ