Doctor hid Dh418,500 salary to avoid paying child support for nine-year-old son

Doctor hid Dh418,500 salary to avoid paying child support for nine-year-old son

The 40-year-old doctor lived in luxury and was earning up to Dh41,800 a month.

By Web Report

Published: Wed 26 Dec 2018, 11:55 AM

Last updated: Wed 26 Dec 2018, 2:05 PM

A wealthy pediatrician from Greater Manchester is struck off for hiding £100,000 salary (approximately Dh418,711) in 12 different bank accounts to avoid paying child support for his nine-year-old son.
According to Daily Mail report, Dr Collen Nkomo, 40, lived in luxury and earned up to £10,000 a month(approximately Dh41,800), admitted he lied to Child Support Agency (CSA) about his income to avoid paying £40,800 in maintenance over a two-and-a-half year period.

Whilst the father of three worked as a locum GP and also looked after poorly youngsters at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, he dodged his family responsibilities.
CSA inquiries revealed Nkomo was earning £115,000 over one 15-month period and had over £126,000 being transferred across six Halifax and six HSBC accounts.

In 2017, Zimbabwe-born Nkomo was given a suspended jail sentence and last week a disciplinary panel ordered he be erased from the medical register for failing to make payments to the child's mother with whom he had split. Nkomo, who remarried, is now paying off the arrears at £500 a month.

Lawyer for the General Medical Council, Robin Kitchin said, "Over a 15 month period, he provided information to the Child Support Agency knowing it was false. He was receiving money in his accounts from a business whilst saying that he couldn't make payments. He also said he was looking for regular work in the UK whilst living in Zimbabwe."

While, Nkomo claimed claimed that he failed to make required support payments as he had been denied access to his son. "I was frustrated at not being able to see him although I know this is not an excuse for what happened. I am appalled at my behaviour," Daily Mail quoted Nkomo as saying.

Nkomo's lawyer Stephen Chinnery said, "He accepts what has happened and regrets it all. He is very sorry and was going under extreme stress at the time with access to his child being difficult."

However, Nkomo's actions were termed dishonest, calculated and persistent. Panel chairman Russell Butland said, "Erasure is the only sufficient sanction which would maintain public confidence in the profession and send a clear message to the profession and the public that Dr Nkomo's misconduct constituted behaviour unbefitting and fundamentally incompatible with that of a registered doctor."

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