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Fake Shrink On Trial
June 14, 2011 permalink
Phony doctor Greg Carter has pleaded not guilty in his trial, which is to start this week.
Whitby man accused of faking doctorate pleads not guilty to fraud
Greg Carter testified in Durham family court cases
OSHAWA -- A Whitby psychological associate accused of faking his credentials while testifying in family court cases has pleaded not guilty to fraud.
Greg Carter entered the plea after being arraigned on five counts of fraud under $5,000 Monday morning in Oshawa. Testimony in the trial is expected to begin Wednesday.
Mr. Carter, of Whitby, was charged in January 2010 with fraud, perjury and obstructing justice. Durham police alleged Mr. Carter falsely identified himself as a psychologist in family court proceedings, some of which resulted in parents losing bids for custody of their children.
Last December the Crown dropped the perjury charges, electing to proceed on six fraud counts. On Monday, one of the fraud charges was withdrawn.
Mr. Carter, who was frequently called upon to testify and conduct assessments in family court cases, was registered with the Ontario College of Psychologists as a psychological associate; limitations on his practice prevented him from making independent diagnoses.
In June of 2010 Mr. Carter pleaded guilty before a College disciplinary panel, admitting he had made diagnoses he was not qualified to make, and claimed he had a doctorate in psychology, although his credentials were never accepted by the college. He was barred from practising for three months.
Allegations that Mr. Carter falsified his qualifications have given rise to questions about the validity of rulings rendered in cases he took part in.
The trial, before Ontario Court Justice Paul Bellefontaine, continues Wednesday.
Source: Metroland, Durham Region
Addendum: Shrinks run up big fees, even a fake one, but they can cost you your kids.
‘Psychologist’ collected more than $12,000 from five clients, court hears
A so-called doctor fraudulently collected a total of more than $12,000 from five clients who mistakenly believed he was a qualified psychologist, court has heard.
Gregory Carter deceived his victims, most of whom were involved in child custody cases, by misrepresenting his credentials in his Whitby practice, Crown Attorney Michael Gillen told Oshawa court on Wednesday.
Carter, 64, is a psychological associate, which is a step below a psychologist. He has pleaded not guilty to five counts of fraud under $5,000.
Last year, the College of Psychologists of Ontario found Carter guilty of professional misconduct for straying beyond his capabilities in diagnosing a father, whom he never met, with “narcissistic personality disorder.”
Carter, who frequently testified in family court, claimed he had a doctorate in psychology but the college didn’t recognize his credentials and licensed him only as a psychological associate, Gillen said.
One of his alleged victims, who paid $1,650 for therapy sessions for his granddaughter’s behavioural problems, testified that Carter identified himself as a psychologist who specialized in children.
David Bulmer, who subsequently lost custody of the child in a court case that used a report by Carter, said the term “psychological associate” never came up. Had he known Carter wasn’t a registered psychologist, he never would have used him, Bulmer said.
Carter has a legitimate master’s degree, but his Ph.D. is from Pacific Western University in Hawaii, which the U.S. government has denounced as a “diploma mill.”
The trial continues.
Source: Toronto Star