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The leak was already suspected in 2012, Singapore news and top stories



The suspicion that the contents of the HIV registry were leaked occurred already in 2012, when American fraudster Mihy Farrers Brochez whistled on his Singapore physician-friend Leri Teku Siang (MOH) at the Ministry of Health.

Brochez complained to the director of MOH that Lers was sharing with the screenshots of the HIV registry that the doctor could use as head of the National Public Health Unit and told another person that he was HIV positive.

The complaint led MOH to introduce the Ler probe, while the Manpower Ministry (MOM) investigated whether Brochez was really free from HIV, as stated in his Employment Pass (EP) application.

These details appeared in evidence and testimony in court documents involving both when they were prosecuted for fraud and sleeping in public officials.

Ler and Brochez now have another high level of data protection breaches at the center of the healthcare industry that appeared on Monday.

MOH found that over 14,200 people with human immunodeficiency virus had confidential information, including contact information and medical information that Brochez leaked online.

Ler, 36, is accused of not having saved his thumb containing information from the HIV registry.

He was convicted in September last year of two charges of fraud and false testimony to an official.


Ler Tek Siang, shown here with colleagues on January 2016, has to pay for not keeping his thumb with information from the HIV registry. He was convicted in September of last year of two charges of fraud and misrepresentation of a public official and appealed to him for a two-year sentence. PHOTO: FAITH MEDICAL GROUP

Ler was sentenced to two years in jail last November, and he sues his sentence and sentence. The prosecutor's office refused his judgment.

Brochez, 34, was convicted in March 2017 for up to 28 months in prison and was expelled after being sentenced in April last year.

Lere told the police that he and Brochez had problems with their relationship in early 2009.

They both met the gay dating site and met Hong Kong for the first time in 2007. By January next year, Brochez had moved to Singapore and lived with Ler in his Craig Road apartment.

Lere said that Brochez had accused him of sharing a screenshot of the HIV registry with another individual and told that Brochez was HIV positive.

He added that for some time at the end of 2012, he asked Dr Jeffrey Cutter, then director of the MOH Infectious Diseases Unit, about Brochez's allegations against him. Specifically, Dr. Cutter had asked Ler whether he had taken screenshots of the HIV registry.

"The accused (Ler) was then informed of MOH's formal investigation into the allegations made by Mihy against him," the court records said.

Mikhy Farrera Brochez was reported to have been arrested last month for a criminal offense in the US state of Kentucky.
Mikhy Farrera Brochez was reported to have been arrested last month for a criminal offense in the US state of Kentucky. PHOTO: CLARK COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE

In September 2013, Ler contacted an official of the MOH Monitoring and Enforcement Division (SEB).

In the same year on 4 October, MOM received information from MOH that Brochez was HIV positive and was able to submit a false declaration in his 2011 application for a personalized employment certificate (PEP).

MOM informed Broc about what it had received and on October 8 ordered him to cancel his PEP until November 8 if the Ministry had canceled it.

But Brochez replied that he would provide MOM with evidence that there was no HIV.

Lere said Brochez accused him of sharing a screenshot of the HIV registry with another person and told that Brochez was HIV positive. He added that for some time at the end of 2012, he asked Dr Jeffrey Cutter, then director of the MOH Infectious Diseases Unit, about Brochez's allegations against him. Specifically, Dr. Cutter had asked Ler whether he had taken screenshots of the HIV registry.

On November 22, 2013, he went to a clinic where Lere worked as a circle. Lere transferred his blood as Brochez, which allowed Americans to keep their PEPs.

It was the same ruse that both had used when Brochez first applied to the EP in 2008.

But the MOH researcher was surprised to find out that it was Lers who conducted a test for Broc when he visited the clinic as part of his investigation.

On December 10, 2013, Leri was interviewed by the same SEB officer at the Kranji camp, where the doctor was in the camp.

Lere then said that the blood was not taken from Mihia, who accused him of leaking HIV-positive status, but from another person. Later he was convicted of lying to a public official.

The SEB official informed his superiors. The next day, a police report was submitted on a possible fraudulent violation of a blood test.

On 23 January 2014, the police questioned Leri and he lied again that Brochez's blood – not his own – had been tested on 22 November.

MOH said Lere resigned from January 2014.

On May 2, 2014, Brochez also lied to the police that HIV was tested in his blood.

• Additional reports by Fabian Koh and Rei Kurohi

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