Published December 30, 2012
A Chilean court of law ordered imprisonment for a woman who pretended to be a doctor, who treated 25 patients who died, who was the dean of a university that was closed down several days ago, and who signed 13 death certificates.
With that decision the Santiago Court of Appeals revoked a previous sentence by which Tania Gonzalez Correa, 39, whose only professional qualification was as a teacher, had been given house arrest and was barred from leaving the country while the investigation was in progress.
The investigation began when students at the Universidad del Mar discovered that she didn't appear in the records of the Universidad de Chile, where she had supposedly taken her degrees.
The accused was employed as dean of the Universidad del Mar nursing faculty and as head of health services at the university's center in the Santiago municipality of Maipu.
The Attorney General's Office also announced it is investigating the deaths of 25 people who were treated by the accused, as well as the 13 death certificates issued by her.
Since last Oct. 29 the Universidad del Mar has no longer been officially recognized by the Education Ministry, following a five-month audit of its financial and academic status, which has left some 18,000 students having to look elsewhere for a college education.