Bogus Russian doctor awaits fate in Qld

Ed Jackson

A Russian refugee who faked qualifications to work as a psychiatrist in Queensland hospitals must wait to learn his fate after his lawyers quit.

Vincent Victor Berg was due to be sentenced at the Southport District Court on Thursday, but his legal team abandoned the case citing an irreconcilable conflict.

Barrister Sarah Thompson told the court she and solicitor Michael Gatenby were "no longer able to remain in the matter. We are conflicted."

Judge Katherine McGinness excused Ms Thompson and adjourned the matter until June 14 to give Berg time to find a new legal team.

Berg was found guilty in March of seven charges including four counts of fraud over offences dating back to 1999.

He used bogus credentials from a Russian university to convince administrators at Gold Coast Health that he was qualified to observe patients.

Later, while working at four north Queensland hospitals, he prescribed medications that gave serious side-effects to several patients.

His deception lasted from May 1999 to April 2003.

Berg has been remanded in custody.