A New Zealander woman who practiced psychiatry for 22 years without any qualifications has been jailed for fraud after she faked a dementia patient’s will in an attempt to inherit her £1.3m estate.
The discovery of Zholia Alemi’s fake qualifications has led to thousands of foreign doctors in the United Kingdom being urgently rechecked and screened
She falsely claimed to have acquired a medical degree from Auckland university when she registered in the UK in the mid 90s instead she had dropped out of medical school in her first year.
The General Medical Council which decides whether a doctor is qualified to practice in the UK apologised for any risks to patients as a result of the oversight.
Zholia Alemi’s false claim to have a medical degree from the University of Auckland in 1995 was only discovered after she was convicted of fraud and theft in October 2018 after taking advantage of a vulnerable patient.
Alemi, who was working as a consultant psychiatrist for a dementia service in West Cumbria at the time, redrafted the patient’s will and fraudulently applied for power of attorney.
Alemi was arrested in 2016 and was suspended by the medical tribunal service in June 2017. She was found guilty after a trial at Carlisle Crown Court and jailed for 5 years.