Doctor in script fraud to obtain penis stimulant

A MACKAY GP who fraudulently used a prescription to obtain a penis erectile stimulant has pleaded guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court to one count of fraud.

Andrew Alistair Mooney, 32, pleaded guilty to dishonestly obtaining the prescription and attempting to use it at a discount pharmacy in Mackay on March 16 this year.

Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Estelle Carnes said the prescription had been stolen from Bowen Hospital in April 2013 and Mooney had sought 20mg tablets of the drug Cialis.

It was not until June 5 that Mooney was spoken to by police at the Mackay police station.

Defence lawyer Antionette Morton told magistrate Damien Dwyer that Mooney was a medical professional, a practitioner who made the foolish decision to use the script after finding it in his bag.

"It has had some significant impact as a consequence, as he was working as a locum in Mackay," she said.

"His registration was suspended."

Ms Morton said Mooney had since been reinstated but was now not working as a medical practitioner, although he intended to do so in the future.

She said the professional had multiple degrees after first completing a sports science course at James Cook University.

Because his marks had been so good he had moved into medicine.

Mr Dwyer fined Mooney $750, telling him he had an awful lot at risk. A conviction was not recorded.



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