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Harley Street doctor who went on elephant-hunting trip to Africa ‘arrested over faked patient insurance claims’
- Dr Benjamin Chang, 54, allegedly wrote fake invoices to sting insurers
- He was arrested in November on suspicion of fraud by false representation
- Specialist was pictured in 2009 sitting on an elephant he shot in Zimbabwe
- He paid £5,600 to take part and defended it as a humane method of killing
A Harley Street doctor who provoked fury after going on an elephant-hunting trip to Africa has been arrested on suspicion of writing fake invoices in a bid to sting insurance firms.
Dr Benjamin Chang, 54, from north London, is alleged to have written the bogus accident treatment claims for physiotherapy patients.
Detectives interviewed the orthopaedic specialist in November this year. Officers reportedly raided his private surgery and his £1.1m detached home in north London in connection to the allegation.
Dr Benjamin Chang, 54, is alleged to have written the bogus accident treatment claims in a bid to sting insurance firms. He is pictured in 2009 sitting on top of an elephant he killed in Zimbabwe
The doctor, who was born in Hong Kong, sparked controversy in 2009 when he was photographed giving the thumbs up while sitting on the head of an elephant he had just shot in Zimbabwe.
The animal was reported to be one of three elephants he killed after paying £5,600 to take part in the shoot.
Seperately, he was pictured with a dead lioness he had killed in South Africa.
Dr Chang was part of a hunting party visiting the Hwange national park who culled a herd of 11 elephants, including young calves.
The cull took place in areas where elephants are said to be destroying the environment and was permitted by the Zimbabwean government. Most of the money was passed on to the Zimbabwean park authorities.
At the time, he defended killing the elephants, insisting it helped the Zimbabwean people and was the most humane method of killing. He added that the elephant meat was donated to starving villagers.
He told the Times: ‘The meat goes to the village. They are queuing at the camp saying, “Please give us the meat”. I was told one elephant will feed one village for three and a half months.’