Scammed young people who wanted to study medicine at a renowned Colombian university
The University of Magdalena reported that more than 15 young people were scammed unscrupulously offering them false quotas to access different academic programs of the institution, in exchange for different amounts of money.
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The detainees must answer for the crimes of conspiracy to commit aggravated crime, forced displacement, aggravated extortion, kidnapping, among others.
In the middle of a broadcast on Wednesday, February 1, the rector of the University, Pablo Vera Salazar, together with high-ranking officers of the Santa Marta Metropolitan Police, indicated that the alleged criminal gang charged the parents between $5 and $8 million for the non-existent vacancy.
The victims aspired to enter academic programs such as Medicine, Nursing and Psychology, attached to the Faculty of Health Sciences, who upon entering the University facilities realized that they were not registered and enrolled academically, notified the governing body.
“Our dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, along with professors, found a group of young people and adults who were summoned through an email telling them that they had been admitted,” indicated the rector Pablo Vera.
The criminals’ modus operandi was revealed, in which they quoted through non-institutional emails, signed with names and positions of officials that do not correspond to the real ones. For example, one case was that of Rodolfo Gonzalez, who according to the communication works as coordinator of Health Sciences, but his position is false.
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Immediately the directors and teachers began the respective investigations, they managed to locate two people who were in charge of directing the fraudulent meeting. After the intervention of the Metropolitan Police and the Dijin it was possible to establish that the entrance measures to the university campus will be tightened.
Finally, the rector of the University of Magdalena concluded that the only way to enter the institution is through the Icfes test scores. “If you want to be a doctor, study biology and chemistry, but don’t come here to cut corners with criminals and give money to ‘revivalists’. Not everything has a price.” Vera pointed out.
The activity of the concerts in Colombia for 2023 came hand in hand with the controversy. Cartagena, which received different musical events within the framework of Buena Vida Music Week 2023, is now the protagonist of a scandal that makes the remembrance of what happened in 2022 with the Jamming Festival inevitable.
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In social networks complaints from those attending the Euphoria Soulan event oriented towards electronic music that was going to take place in canoe point, located just under an hour from Cartagena. It was an event surrounded by great expectations, as it would have the presence of the Australians Rüfüs Du Solone of the biggest acts in music home of the moment.
However, the lack of permits led to the event being canceled by the authorities with a few hours to go before the main act took the stage. The cancellation of their show was confirmed on the social networks of Rüfüs Du Sol, arguing that the reason was unrelated to the group and pointed out that due to problems with the event permits they could not appear.
However, the scope of the scandal became more notorious when details of what was happening inside the festival became known hours before the authorities ended it. In her TikTok account, a user reported the level of logistical disorder, noting that it was the “Fire Festival locombia version”, referring to the failed 2017 festival in the Bahamas that was immortalized by the documentary published by Netflix:
“Supposedly, they opened doors at 2, we arrived at 6 and they still hadn’t opened doors. They ended up opening them until 7 o’clock. You entered and they continued doing (setting up) the Festival. I spoke with people who had arrived since 12 noon and saw how they set up the whole festival”-