In a rather shocking case, a grade 5 dropout somehow managed to convince people that he was a qualified medical doctor and worked for four years in the health sector, only to be exposed as a fraud following a fight with wife.
At just 23-years-old, Dr Veeragandham Teja had already worked in 16 private hospitals, conducted several medical camps and had volunteered with the Bengaluru police and local migrant workers during the pandemic. Not a bad record for any doctor, let alone a 5th-grade dropout with no medical education and little training…
Veeragandham Teja had been working as a doctor for over four years when his luck finally came to an end. It was a double whammy that got him in the end: his second wife filed mental and physical harassment against him, and he made the mistake of making a recommendation to police to cancel a person’s criminal record, only to then be spotted driving that person’s registered SUV.
All it took was a bit of digging and police uncovered a web of lies going back over a decade, false degrees and certificates and several aliases. Their conclusion was that Teja’s career and pretty much all of his life, for that matter, was a fabrication…
Dr Reddy, who had offered Teja shelter and financial support, after hearing that he was an orphan, also helped him get a driver’s license and voter ID on his address as well as other important documents. The ambitious teen would later borrow the doctor’s surname, YS, and worked towards getting all sorts of fake certificates and degrees to facilitate his scam.
After securing fake certificates of Class 10 and 12, Teja bought an MBBS certificate with the help of an educational consultancy in New Delhi and used it to obtain an internship at a hospital, where he picked up the basic medical skills he subsequently used to avoid suspicion. After the internship, he went to Bengaluru, where he worked as District Medical Officer for some time. He then moved to Hyderabad where he worked as a doctor in several hospitals.
Interestingly, if not for his wife complaint against him, which triggered an investigation, and his brazen recommendation to the police to cancel the criminal record of one of his many aliases, Veeragandham Teja would still be practising medicine, without a care in the world.
Investigators found that while some documents claim Teja was only 23-years-old, in reality, is much older. Their report also mentions that he had treated numerous patients during his 4-year-long medical career, including Covid-19 patients
Interestingly, impersonating doctors, which seems difficult, is not at all uncommon. A couple of years ago a teen who managed to pose as a doctor just by wearing a face mask and a stethoscope>chaosafrica