The boss of an award-winning west London cosmetic surgery clinic has received a suspended prison sentence for forging a doctor’s signature to obtain prescription-only acne cream.
Alex Derakhshan, 48, the managing director and practice manager of Hush Aesthetic Clinic, had been refused the drug by his own doctor, who was wary of over-use.
The clinic, of 96 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith performs plastic surgery, skin peels, botox treatments, laser hair removal and waxing amongst other procedures.
Frenchman Mr. Derakhshan, who lives in Isleworth, pleaded guilty at Hammersmith Magistrates Court to fraud by false representation and received a twelve-month order.
He must also pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
He dishonestly entered details of a doctor, forged the signature of a doctor and entered false patient details on a medical prescription with intent to make a gain, namely an order of drug products for himself by posing as a doctor.
Father-of-two Derakhshan founded Hush in September 2001 and boasts of employing a highly-qualified team of experienced doctors and winning industry awards for excellence.
Prosecutor Miss Aimee Emby told the court: "It is somewhat more complex here. The risk is not financial in the obvious instance.
"He's entered on two prescriptions a signature and name of a doctor not present at the time whose consent was not sought.
"Patients may receive medication not properly prescribed to them and the doctor may suffer damage to his reputation.
"It comes to light when the doctor is contacted to see if he received the product and he said not only did he not sign, but did not request the products."
The doctor is a part-time medical practitioner at the clinic when they are not at their NHS Trust.
The medication was for acne scarring cream Obagi.