Another doctor in 70s and 3 assistants in Yau Ma Tei arrested for issuing fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination exemption certificates, total amount involved exceeds HK$10m

Bright Growth Medical Centre

20th September 2022 – (Hong Kong) According to sources, another 76-year-old doctor in and 3 assistants (35-76) in a private medical clinic in Yau Ma Tei were arrested for issuing patients with fraudulent “medical exemption certificates for COVID-19 vaccination”. The total amount involved was in excess of HK$10 million.

It is reported that the police sent officers to disguise as patients again today (20th) at a clinic located in Bright Growth Medical Centre on Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei. Officers arrested Dr. Tai Kong Shing, a male doctor over 70 years old and three female assistants on suspicion of conspiracy to create false documents.

Bright Growth Medical Centre

During the operation, at least 2,000 sheets of fraudulent medical exemption certificates for COVID-19 vaccination were seized, each of which was issued at HK$4,000 to HK$5,000 for a period of at least 3 months, and the estimated total amount involved was HK$10 million. In addition, the police also found that the clinic had issued more than 190 medical exemption certificates for COVID-19 vaccination today, and there were about 20 customers waiting at the scene. The police will investigate whether the relevant people have purchased medical exemption certificates for COVID-19 vaccination and violated relevant regulations.

It is reported that most of the customers were introduced by friends, and the clinic involved has issued 193 fraudulent medical exemption certificates in a single day yesterday. The police seized HK$760,000 in cash at the clinic, but some patients used credit cards to pay, and it is believed that the clinic’s income was very substantial. Detectives then escorted the doctor involved back to his apartment in Tseung Kwan O to search, and seized about HK$1.1 million in cash, suspected of being related to the case, and took him away to assist in the investigation. The police will track down those who have obtained the fraudulent medical exemption certificates through the medical records.

The police earlier received a complaint alleging that a private medical clinic in Yuen Long issued patients with fraudulent “medical exemption certificates for COVID-19 vaccination” and overcharged consultation fees. On 5th September, the officers carried a warrant to search a clinic in the Yuen Long section of Castle Peak Road in Yuen Long, and seized a large amount of evidence including documents and computer records.

After investigation, a female doctor surnamed Choi (64 years old) of the clinic was arrested.