Man who leaked details of 14,200 HIV-infected people from MOH registry, described
Quite the story this man.
Mikhy K Farrera Brochez was a 13-year-old Princeton graduate, a child prodigy, the youngest registered child psychologist in the history of the American Psychological Association.
At least that’s what he claimed to be.
He, of course, didn’t accomplish any of these things.
Here are some of the things he did do though.
1. Academia, real and imagined
As mentioned above, he claimed to have graduated from Princeton.
Other places of educational meccas he claimed to have been from included The Sorbonne, and the Vanderbilt University.
None of that was true, with the police finding plenty of falsified certificates when they raided his place.
He also lied about his mother for some reason.
Brochez claimed his mother was “a renowned professor of child and adolescent psychology, child neurology and gifted science and mathematics education in the UK”.
However, when The Independent reached out to the individual Brochez identified as his mother, they were met with a very confused psychologist, who denied being Brochez’ mother.
He did lecture at two polytechnics though, and had started a private practice as a child psychologist.
He also claimed to be fluent in eight languages, including Hebrew, Spanish and English.
2. Lied about his HIV status
Singapore has a rather strict screening process on allowing foreigners with HIV into Singapore.
Measures were relaxed somewhat in 2015, when short-term visit passes were issued to foreigners with HIV entering Singapore.
Brochez took an HIV test in March 2008 at a Singapore Anti-Tubercolosis Association (Sata) clinic.
He tested positive.
Which, for a foreigner, is a deal-breaker in continuing to work in Singapore.
So how did he continue working here for a few more years?
Well, he duped the Ministry of Health (MOH) with the help of his partner, a Singapore doctor known as Ler Teck Siang (we’ll get to him later).
What he did was basically take a test at Commonwealth Clinic, where Ler was on duty as a Locum General Practitioner.
Ler then swapped his blood sample with Brochez’s.
Ler’s sample, tagged under Brochez’s name, came back negative, and Brochez was issued an employment pass.
MOM did attempt to rescind Brochez’ Employment Pass in 2013 after they suspected he was HIV-positive.
Ler and Brochez tried the exact same thing again, switching their blood samples.
It worked, as MOM did not revoke the Personalised Employment Pass they issued back in 2008.
3. His partner was the former head of the National Public Health Unit
Ler and Brochez had started living together in Singapore in 2008, and got married in New York in 2014.
The aforementioned Ler would go on to become the head of MOH’s National Public Health Unit.
This is important, because in that role, he had access to the HIV Registry.
Ler is believed to have mishandled the information there.
Here is Health Minister Gan Kim Yong apologising for one of their former staff, Ler, not complying with the security guidelines.
Ler was charged in 2016 for abetting Brochez in his cheating and was charged in Court in June 2016 for offences under the Penal Code and the Official Secrets Act (OSA).
Ler was convicted in September 2018 and sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment.
He has appealed, and the appeal will be heard on March 2019.
He has also been charged under the OSA for failing to take care of confidential patient information.
4. Rep sheet
Brochez has quite the rep sheet.
He pleaded guilty to six charges back in March 2017.
He was sentenced to 28 months in jail.
The charges included possession of drugs and using forged educational certificates.
Other charges included lying to the police and refusing to undergo a medical examination.
He has apparently run afoul of the law in America as well.
Here’s a mugshot of what appears to be Brochez being charged with third degree trespassing in Kentucky, US on December 12, 2018.
According to the site, the charge is currently pending.
Image collated from Mugshots.com and Independent