Suspected fake doctor arrested after four deaths in Germany

The woman also allegedly caused eight long-term injuries while working as an assistant doctor at a hospital in Fritzlar in Schwalm-Eder district in the center of the country, according to a statement from state prosecutors published October 31.

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Prosecutors confirmed the suspect is accused of manslaughter, grievous bodily harm, fraud, document forgery, misuse of a title, and practicing medicine without permission.

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She allegedly used fake documents to get a job at the hospital where she worked from November 2015 to August 2018, then continued to practice there despite repeated errors, including the administration of incorrect medication.

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Police executed a search warrant in January 2019 related to employment fraud and later expanded their investigation.

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The woman was arrested on October 29 and remains in detention as she presents a flight risk, according to prosecutors. Investigations are ongoing to determine whether the woman was involved in further cases of malpractice.

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Police will also investigate whether two doctors working in the hospital at the time were in breach of duty.

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The case follows on from the conviction of a German nurse for the murder of 85 patients in his care.

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Niels Hoegel, a 42-year-old former nurse who is considered Germany’s deadliest post-war serial killer, was sentenced to life in prison.

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And up to 3,000 foreign doctors in the UK are having their backgrounds checked after it emerged that a fake psychiatrist with no qualifications was allowed to practice for more than 22 years.

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Zholia Alemi was jailed for fraud in October 2018 after she changed an elderly client’s will to make herself a beneficiary.

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