Last updated: 04:14 PM ET, Wed December 09 2015

Fake Cruise Ship Doctor Arrested after Treating ‘Hundreds’ of People

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | December 09, 2015

Fake Cruise Ship Doctor Arrested after Treating ‘Hundreds’ of People

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A fake doctor who worked on an Aida cruise line ship was arrested in Berlin for allegedly forging his credentials after he had treated “hundreds” of passengers and crew members over the last five years.

According to Qin Xie of The Daily Mail, the 40-year-old man from Berlin, Germany—who has not been identified by name—is believed to be a trained nurse who falsified qualifications and a license to practice as a doctor.

The man had worked for AIDA Cruises since 2014, but was indefinitely suspended following his arrest last week at Berlin Tegel Airport. Reports suggest the nurse “claimed to be a specialist in anesthesia and intensive care,” and had also been employed by other cruise companies.

AIDA Cruises Vice President of Communication Hansjorg Kunze released a statement to the Daily mail:

“End of November 2015, after receiving a hint, AIDA Cruises immediately contacted the police in Berlin. Only then we learned that investigations in this case have been going on for months already. AIDA Cruises immediately suspended the man and actively cooperated with the authorities. Thanks to our support the suspect was arrested on German ground on Friday morning, December 4, 2015. As a matter of course we are verifying the CVs of our applicants thoroughly.”

The investigation into the case is ongoing.


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