Fraud: “An intentional perversion of the truth for the purpose of inducing another in reliance upon it to part with some valuable thing belonging to him or to surrender a legal right; a false representation of a matter of fact, whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading allegations, or by concealment of that which should have been disclosed, which deceives and is intended to deceive another so that he shall act upon it to his legal injury.” – Black’s Law Dictionary
Some Wisconsin doctors have offered, at a public event, to write sickness excuses on request for protesting teachers, according to ABC and Fox News. A spokeswoman said that they knew they could “get in trouble,” but would take the risk because “teachers have no choice.”
The teachers’ choice is to go to work, or go without pay and risk being fired. “It’s the same choice faced by everyone in the world who can’t use someone else’s earnings to pay the bills,” said Jane Orient, M.D., executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).
“Writing a phony sickness excuse is fraud,” said the veteran medical profession.
Doctors are frequently under intense pressure to do this, or to misstate diagnoses, to ‘help’ patients who want to collect sick pay, insurance payments, disability, or other benefits to which they are not lawfully entitled. For doctors to advertise their willingness to do so is, however, distinctly unusual.