The woman accused of impersonating a doctor so she could issue more than 600 false Covid exemption certificates has appeared in a Gold Coast court.
Maria Pau, also known as Maria Power, is said to have granted the waivers of a property in Labrador on the Gold Coast, with the certificates stating that a person is exempt from undergoing Covid testing, receiving a vaccine and carrying of a mask.
She arrived at the court on Thursday, dressed all in black and wearing significantly less makeup than her social media photos, ignoring questions from a large continent of reporters.
Ms Pau seemed surprised by the extent of the media presence. Without a mask, she took one from her bag and put it on when Southport Courthouse security asked her to do so upon entering.
Maria Pau arrives at Southport Court without a mask on Thursday. She was described by police as ‘anti-covid’ at an earlier press conference
A large media contingent chased Ms Pau as she left the court. She is due to appear in court again on November 18
Within Court 1, Ms Pau’s case was quickly adjourned to November 18 following a request from her attorney Ali Rana of Armstrong Legal and she was released on bail.
Ms Pau was chased by the large media pack as she left the court accompanied by a Salvation Army employee.
Police charge sheets obtained by Daily Mail Australia show Ms Pau is facing five charges related to allegedly impersonating a health professional on 6 and 25 August.
She believed she had the authority to hand out medical documents, police say.
Ms. Pau, 45, of Darling Heights, near Toowoomba, was arrested October 13 at an address in Robert St, Labrador.
Police allege they have charged $150 per certificate to customers across Australia.
Detective Acting Inspector Damien Powell of Task Force Sierra Linnet said Ms. Pau admitted to issuing 600 exemption certificates after being tipped off by a member of the public.
“She believes she has the right to issue those certificates,” said Det Inspector Powell, who described Ms Pau as “anti-Covid.”
Maria Pau, also known as Maria Power, is said to have granted the exemptions of a property in Labrador on the Gold Coast
Maria Pau, also known as Maria Power, founded a Gold Coast charity, Coaching With Substance, which aims to help people overcome addictions
“She wasn’t promoted to a doctor. And as I mentioned earlier, she is not registered with AHPRA (the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency), nor is she registered with Medicare.”
Ms. Pau has since shut down many of her social media accounts, but had an extensive online presence before.
She had founded a charity, Coaching With Substance, which aims to help people overcome addictions, “improve their life skills and regain a sense of self.”
She claimed that her charity is “multi-award winning” and that she is an international bestselling author who has written more than 150 articles and academic texts on wellness and recovery from addiction.
One of her ebooks, Kill Your Addiction Before It Kills You: How I Transformed My Life of Addictions, Bipolar and Suicide, sells for $19 on the Coaching with Substance website.
The book, the blurb says, tells the story of how at age 11 Ms. Pau traveled alone on a plane to get to Australia.
“Began drinking at age 13 and started smoking crystal meth at age 15. When she was 18, she sold her body for a living and spent modeling, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and LSD, partying with socialites, fashionistas, politicians, celebrities, and dating Yakuza, Triad and 5T gangster boyfriends.”
The 45-year-old has an extensive social media presence claiming her charity is ‘multi-award winning’
Ms Pau, originally from Makati in the Philippines, discusses her own 20-year struggle with ‘polydrug use’
Originally from Makati in the Philippines, Ms. Pau discusses her own 20-year struggle with “polydrug use,” including a “history of many mental institutions in four countries.”
“Somehow, at the age of 17, I found myself all alone as a fashion model in Asia, with no chaperone and no parental accompaniment.
“I look back now and realize it was a surefire recipe for attracting the wrong people of the world.”
In a YouTube video publishing her book, Kill Your Addiction, she says she spent a year of “absolute recovery” in 2013 after her father passed away the year before.
“I was detoxing from all the toxicity I had accumulated in my life, such as coke addiction, meth addiction, toxic men, domestic violence, inside and outside psychiatric wards, I documented all of that so you can see how you can transform a life that is teeming with addiction issues,” she said.
Mrs. Pau is a doctor, just not a doctor. She graduated with a Doctor of Professional Research (Addiction) from the University of Southern Queensland in August
Mrs. Pau is a doctor, just not a doctor. She graduated as Doctor of Professional Research (Addiction) from the University of Southern Queensland in August.
In an online bio, Ms. Pau’s PhD was about ‘measuring the effect of coaching in individuals with substance use problems using the mind-body-mind framework devised ‘Collaborative Peer Recovery Coaching”.
A number of her social posts reveal Ms Pau’s attitude during the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent public health restrictions.
On August 11, 2020 she posted: ‘TIME TO WAKE THE F UP!!!!!’
‘Are we really still going to punish people without a FACEMASK OR are we energized by a VIRUS with a death rate of less than two percent. I am so confused about how the COVID can still be the main topic when it is now GENERAL PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE that our WHOLE WORLD is systematically controlled by a Global Elite PEDOPHILE RING.
“Half of our country is blindly distracted by a BULLS**T virus and the other half is being silenced.”
The post was deregistered as ‘Coach M Power’.
In a post to Facebook and Instagram on Aug. 10, Ms. Pau asked “Is your work at risk?” next to a photo of the Public Health Amendment (Vaccination Compensation) Bill 2021 (NSW).
She then indicated a number of points that people should raise in a formal letter or in ‘disciplinary’ conversations with their employer.
The points reiterated well-known points of discussion of the anti-vaccination movement regarding the safety and effectiveness of the Covid-19 vaccines.
‘The [vaccine] has not been properly tested for safety. There has been insufficient testing in people with comorbidities, pregnant women or the elderly and yet it is [jabbed] into it with disastrous results,” she posted.
In July, videos on social media show Ms Pau wearing a t-shirt with the slogan The Great Awakening as she marches in a ‘freedom rally’ in Brisbane.
Some of her social posts reveal Ms Pau’s attitude during the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent public health restrictions
On the crowdfunding platform Givenow.com.au, Ms. Pau’s charity sought a total of $200,000 for an 8-week ‘Breakthrough Recovery Incubator’ to help people recover from various addictions. The site showed that $69,900 had been raised so far.
“Participants will be invited to apply to this groundbreaking 8-week incubator program, once our fundraising goals of $75,000 are met for the first group of 30 people (it’s $2,500 scholarship fund for each person to participate),” states the fundraiser.
In a May 2020 Facebook post, Ms. Pau reveals the thoughts involved in her morning meditation on “owning my right to prosperity and abundance.”
“Large sums of money (I want large sums to come in my experience).
‘Come to me (Yes, it comes to me).
“Easy and fast (You don’t want it to get hard and you don’t want to wait forever).”
Penalties for these types of violations include a fine of up to $10,000 and possible jail time.