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December 7, 2015 - UPDATED Aug 9, 2016

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Cruise Laws Broken
Fake Cruise Ship Doctor Arrested

December 7, 2015 - UPDATED Aug 9, 2016

Cruise Laws Broken - Fake Doctor Working On Cruise Ship Arrested

It's not breaking news and certainly nothing new, as history proves. There is no new news when it comes to cruise news, with the exception of the wonderful news of cruise ships' clever amenities being offered and clever new port excursion offerings. We see every day, in all aspects of business around the world, people professing to be something they are not. There are people posing as experts in the field of law, doctors posing as experts in their chosen field and even computer techs, posing as intellectual clones of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Sergey Brin.

Whether it's a scam artist or just a person aspiring to a selected field of greatness, the outcome is the same. People are duped into thinking they are interacting with a person of quality, a person they pay for quality and they are short changed. The bottom line is this. If someone is intent on defrauding you or your business, it will happen, no matter how much due diligence you exercise. It happens every day, in every country around the world.

I bring as an example, the case of Andres Parras, 57, a resident of North Miami, who had been practicing medicine without a valid license at Finlay Medical Center in Hollywood, Florida and was working aboard a cruise ship as the ship's doctor. Parras submitted a Florida medical license when he applied for a position as the ship`s doctor. The number on the medical license in Parras` personnel folder at the cruise line belonged to a different doctor, according to information from the state Department of Professional Regulation.

Parras was being investigated for posing as a doctor in Florida when it was discovered he was working on the cruise ship. Neither Parras` attorney, Robert Friedman of Hallandale, nor the Broward State Attorney`s Office was aware that Parras was working as a ship`s physician. Parras was charged with unauthorized practice of medicine at a Hollywood clinic by the Broward State Attorney`s Office.

Now, for the rest of the story. Andres Parras was working as a ships's doctor aboard the 24,500 ton Paquet French Cruises SS Rhapsody. He was under Department of Professional Regulation investigation during November and December 1985.


It was not breaking news this week that a man who was a nurse had duped Aida Cruises into thinking he was a qualified doctor by providing false documents, no more than it's breaking news that people get falling down drunk on a cruise ship, then willingly jump overboard and their family sues the cruise line for negligence in their death. When it comes to cruise laws, somebody has to be blamed for the willful acts of others and in the minds of some, a deep-pocket cruise line makes for a great financial target.

On Monday, August 8, 2016, Berlin State Court convicted nurse Andres Parras of bodily harm, fraud, abuse of titles and deprivation of liberty. The Deprivation of liberty charge was due to the fact that he put 41 patients under anesthetic. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

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