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Cancer chancer doc is back in business

NewsBy Eamon Dillon
Emad Massoud.jpg
Emad Massoud.jpg

Bent Doctor Emad Massoud has swapped his Irish jail cell for a swish clinic in the Gulf States after doing his time for a massive insurance fraud.

Posing in his white coat, the Egyptian-born doctor is one of a team of medics at the clinic on the island kingdom of Bahrain.

He previously ran The Wellman Clinic in Dublin until he was caught faking his wife’s breast cancer to cash-in two insurance policies and was jailed for four years.

His wife Gehan – a qualified nurse who was also convicted for her role in the €730,000 scam – was given a suspended sentence.

After a long and complicated investigation and subsequent trial Dr Massoud, who has Irish nationality, was sentenced in 2008. 

An Bord Altranais also struck off Gehan Massoud from practising as a nurse in 2010 after her conviction. 

An appeal against their criminal convictions was denied by the Court of Criminal Appeals in 2010.

The Bahrain Medical Centre, based in Muharraq, just off the Saudi Arabian coast, is a private medical facility offering a range of services.

Dr Massoud is listed as a gynaecologist available as a consultant three days a week at the “premier, reputable medical center, specializing in a diverse range of medical, surgical and healthcare services”.

The website adds that the clinic is “committed to providing highly professional medical care, BMC-Bahrain combines its modern and well equipped facility with an excellent team of experts”.

Exuding confidence in his profile picture, there’s no hint that he once used his medical knowledge to rip-off two insurances companies.


Gehan Massoud

In contrast, his old sprawling home in Ratoath, Co. Meath, lies abandoned with the driveway and ornate iron gates overgrown with weeds.

He originally qualified in 1981 when he got a joint degree in medicine and surgical medicine in his native city, Alexandria, in Egypt.

Dr Massoud later worked in several hospitals in the U.K. and Ireland, including Mullingar, Letterkenny, Bantry, Enniskillen and a stint in the Mater Hospital in Dublin.

In 1997 he set up his own private surgical practice in Dublin city and worked from the Wellman Clinic in Eccles Street.

But in 2001 he hatched his insurance scam after his mother-in-law in Egypt developed breast cancer, where she was operated on.

He had tissue samples sent over from Egypt for testing in Ireland and he sent for the woman’s pathology report. Massoud claimed these samples came from his wife’s breast and he even made an incision to leave a scar on her.

He would later claim he carried out the operation himself, saying: “If a tiler can tile his own bathroom, why can’t a surgeon operate on his own family.”
Massoud claimed he wanted to immediately carry out the surgery to help his wife, but when he realised that doctors are not allowed to operate on family members the signature of Dr Mohamed Hilal was used on the paperwork.

But two years later a whistleblower came forward and the insurance companies called in the gardaí.

The Massouds fought the case and challenged their arrests in the High Court until a ruling against them allowed a criminal trial to go ahead.

A former colleague said Massoud had become arrogant and they clashed when the doctor threw three Egyptian men out onto the street.

They had been working for him, but went to the friend for help after the incident in the middle of the night.

Massoud was annoyed that his friend had taken them in and said if he had shut the door in their faces they would have had to come back to work for him.

But Massoud stuck to his guns and from the dock strenuously denied being a fraudster.


The Wellman Clinic in Dublin

“He just made up the story. The insurance company welcomed the story, the insurance company, out of greed, then went to the gardaí who welcomed the story,” he said in court.

“I was arrested on the basis of one statement from Dr Mohamed Hilal. There was no Garda investigation to prove I had committed fraud.”

Judge Patrick McCartan described the fraud as “a particularly evil and nasty offence” in which the surgeon had deliberately scarred his wife.