AN illegal immigrant posed as a doctor and strutted around a hospital in an effort to impress his girlfriend’s parents.
The fraudster was caught wandering the A&E department at Maidstone Hospital in Kent with a fake ID.
The 34-year-old Pakistani man had been posing as a senior clinician and was only stopped after hospital workers became suspicious, KentOnline reports.
He was then led to an office by security and admitted to staff that he was not a doctor.
Cops arrived and he revealed it was all a ruse to impress an Indian family he was hoping to marry into.
A witness said: “The man turned around and said he wasn’t a doctor and that wasn’t a photo of him on the ID. The receptionist told him it was fraud and called the police straight away, around six police officers arrived in minutes.
“He was later brought out of a room in handcuffs.”
The bogus scheme was revealed after Claire O’Brien, chief nurse at the hospital, sent out a letter to her colleagues.
She warned: “If you have suspicions over someone’s identity, please ask to see their identity badge.”
The fraudster has now been moved to an immigration detention centre and faces being booted out of the country, a Home Office spokesman said.
A Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust spokesman claimed he did not speak to any patients while at the hospital.
He said: “While we cannot comment for legal reasons on the specific nature of this incident, it shows how seriously we take the security and safety of our patients.
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“We can assure the public that none of our patients were involved in any way.
“At no point did the alleged individual have any contact with patients or access any secure areas of the hospital.
“The matter is now in the hands of the relevant authorities and our staff have been thanked for their diligence.”
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