Incident: Specsavers – Adelaide optometrist struck off register after tampering with hundreds of glasses prescriptions | ABC News (Australia)
Australian Insider Threat: September 13 2020
Specsavers – Adelaide optometrist struck off register after tampering with hundreds of glasses prescriptions
Investigations revealed somebody had “systematically” altered the prescriptions using the optometrist’s login details.
The SA Civil and Administrative Tribunal found Ashok Bhoola secretly and dishonestly altered his patients’ prescriptions on 410 occasions in 2015 and 2016.
Mr Bhoola, who was working at Specsavers West Lakes in Adelaide at the time, denies altering the prescriptions.
But the alterations had the effect of undermining his business partner’s confidence and causing her to believe she was making “silly mistakes”.
In total, 359 pairs of glasses were manufactured using the altered scripts, according to the tribunal’s judgement.
Of those, 313 pairs were found to be defective and 96 were returned to the store.
But ultimately, the investigation found he was the only person present at the store on each of the occasions when changes were made.
“The forensic evidence was very detailed … suffice it to say that we found it persuasive in showing that it must have been the respondent who made the script alterations,” the judgment says.