William Mooney, 56, used to call himself Australia’s leading ear, nose and throat specialist
A famous plastic surgeon who was banned from practicing after two people died from botched surgeries has reportedly been caught buying cocaine.
William Mooney, 56 – who once shrugged off with the likes of Ginger Spice Geri Halliwell and classified himself as Australia’s leading ear, nose and throat specialist – has run into trouble with the law.
On Saturday around 10:15 p.m., police saw Mooney and 22-year-old Marlee Luisa ‘acting suspiciously’ on Blair Street in Sydney’s Bondi Beach.
The pair were searched and Mooney was reportedly found with a bag of cocaine.
Mooney will appear in Waverley Local Court on December 6 charged with possession of a banned drug, a NSW police spokeswoman told the Daily Mail Australia.
Luisa was reportedly found with 11 bags of cocaine and $3,000 cash, and charged with two counts of supplying a banned drug, handling the proceeds of crime and violating bail.
She was formally denied bail and will appear in court in Waverley on Wednesday.
Mooney made headlines in April this year when he was jailed for a year after the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) found that his negligence had resulted in the deaths of two patients.
William Mooney (pictured left, with former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell) was banned for a year
The tribunal found that a 24-year-old aspiring pilot known as Patient A went to Mooney in March 2018 for surgery to fix his snoring.
Mooney cut an artery during the procedure, but he didn’t monitor the patient for the next two days — he only followed up by phone, even though he knew the patient was bleeding during the surgery.
Patient A then vomited blood from his nose and mouth and tried the emergency numbers Mooney gave him, but no one answered and he was rushed to the hospital.
He underwent emergency surgery for recurring bleeding, but suffered a heart attack during the surgery and later died.
His mother and younger sister, who relied on him for financial support, then took their own lives, the… Sydney Morning Herald reported.
William Mooney (pictured with two women) went out of his way to avoid mandatory drug testing
An expert told the Tribunal that Mooney needed an “astonishingly short” time to operate, suggesting that “little time could have been spent controlling the heavy arterial bleeding that had occurred.”
A 41-year-old man, patient B, went to Mooney in 2017 for sinus treatment. During the surgery, he penetrated the bone under the brain and ruptured an artery, causing a hemorrhage in the right frontal lobe.
Patient B later died without regaining consciousness.
The tribunal found that Mooney completed the highly complex procedure too quickly to provide the necessary care.
What these patients didn’t know was that their surgeon had conditions on his practice certificate because of alleged cocaine use.
Mooney was also found to have lied about a personal relationship of more than two years with a young and vulnerable patient.
He mistakenly prescribed her a weight-loss medication when he should have known she had a long-term eating disorder.
In December 2018, he returned a positive test for cocaine and his registration was temporarily suspended.
William Mooney (pictured) was also found to have lied about a personal relationship of more than two years with a young and vulnerable patient
Authorities were unable to determine whether the positive test resulted from illegal drug use or from treatments he used during surgery.
He was ordered to undergo drug tests every three months during examinations of the dead patients, but he did everything he could to avoid them.
Mooney failed to show up for his first test and then turned in a medical certificate to say he was sick and unable to take a test, but the tribunal found Medicare records showing he was seeing patients when he should be sick.
Two weeks later, he got a buzzcut, so drug testers only had access to two inches of hair.
Small amounts of cocaine were found in the hair sample, but they were unable to determine whether the drugs were used recreationally or whether it was the result of occupational exposure.
The tribunal acknowledged his remorse for his role in the two deaths and had made changes to address the shortcomings in his practice and operating procedures.
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