A Canadian man with a proven history of working under fake names, posing as a physiotherapist had recently been working at a Halifax clinic.

Our journalists have learned that Kelvin Cheung, recently convicted this week in Winnipeg of pretending to be a licensed physiotherapist, was hired last fall as the manager of assistive technology at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre in Halifax.

The centre describes itself as “providing specialized adult rehabilitation and complex continuing care.”

The 32-year-old man, whom co-workers knew as Karl, stopped working at the centre this spring — several months before the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba tipped off its counterparts in Nova Scotia that he was reportedly working in the province under an alias.

Joan Ross, registrar of the Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists, said she was told Cheung’s work at the centre did not involve physiotherapy. She said in her 20 years as registrar, she’s never encountered a case like this.

She said the situation is “concerning enough that nationally we’re keeping tabs on him.”

The Nova Scotia Health Authority declined to comment on Cheung except to say that he is no longer an employee.

Cheung did not respond to an interview request from any provincial or national news outlet.


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