Gay man claims he committed insurance fraud because of ‘gay lifestyle’

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An Australian homosexual man has pleaded responsible to committing medical insurance fraud, however claims he began the scheme so as fund his “high-end” life-style on the homosexual scene.

Dwayne Antojado, 25, created greater than 100 false identities with the intention to open accounts with a personal well being insurer and procure nearly $90,000 in bogus claims for well being providers, the Star Observer reviews.

He then used the false claims to purchase cocaine, MDMA, new garments, and to exit to homosexual nightclubs.

Matt Cookson, Antojado’s lawyer, stated in court docket that his consumer began the scheme with the intention to slot in with Melbourne’s homosexual scene, which he stated was “closely primarily based on going out, clubbing, being match, wholesome and well-dressed.” That was “all the pieces [Antojado] wasn’t.”

Cookson even characterised Antojado’s predilection for cocaine as a part of his efforts to slot in with the homosexual scene, saying it was “a extra high-end drug in his eye…not due to its results however extra about the way it allowed him to slot in.”

He referred to as cocaine “the genesis of the offending,” which was a part of a “fall from grace” after Antojado “left his authorized points behind in South Australia.”

“That offending was how he obtained the cash to maintain up with the life-style he had adopted,” Cookson stated. “It was by that cash that he acquired the life-style.”

Cookson stated his consumer had suffered “one crushing defeat after one other” since graduating highschool as a “high-achieving” pupil.

Antojado skipped parole in South Australia and moved to Melbourne, the place he discovered of a loophole in AHM Well being Insurance coverage’s claims system, through which receipts weren’t required when in search of claims for well being care providers.

By creating false identities, paying the minimal premium for an account, and submitting false claims, Antojado was capable of receive $120,901 AUD, or $88,050 USD.

He was arrested on unrelated expenses in 2019, which led to a search warrant that uncovered the insurance coverage fraud, with Antojado being charged in December of that 12 months.

Antojado pleaded responsible to acquiring property by deception and, after 606 days on remand, was launched on bail pending sentencing in March subsequent 12 months.

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