Lubbock dentist Philip Phillips is now facing allegations that he misused the dental seal on a patient’s tooth.
Phillips, who is also the chief medical officer of the Western Sydney University Hospital, has been charged with five counts of fraud and one count of breach of confidence.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
In a statement to News.co.nz, Phillips said he was sorry for the harm he had caused.
“I have worked for the University of Lubbocks dental school for more than 30 years and have never had to face such a challenge.
I have never taken advantage of any medical services or procedures.
I deeply regret that I could have caused any undue distress to my patients,” he said.”
To be honest, I did not know that I had broken the seal.
It was only after I looked into it that I realised what had happened.”
My thoughts are with my patients, my staff and the staff who are now suffering from the effects of this situation.
“Phillips said he would not be able to work for the university for a while.”
Although I would like to apologise for my actions, I am not prepared to do so,” he wrote.
He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in court on November 23.