Money Transfusion Fraud


A guilty verdict was returned earlier this month after almost $17 million was fraudulently siphoned off from the Otago District Health Board between 2000 and 2006.


This was the financial equivalent of having a patient hooked up to a blood transfusion system in a public hospital ward for six years without a doctor or a nurse stopping even once to check on progress.


Michael Swan, the leading fraudster, pulled a six figure annual salary from the ODHB as IT supremo and much more from the fraud. No one in authority appeared to raise an eyebrow when he swanned in and parked his late-model Lamborghini next to the Board’s Toyota Corollas.


The fact that he and his partner in crime Kerry Harford could keep the drip feed money transfusion going so long raises questions not just about the Board in question but the whole health system, with  23 district health boards in a country with the population of Melbourne.


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