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Dr. Dante | 6. The Troubleshooter

Chameleon: The Michigan Plot

Sony Music

Tv & Film, Society & Culture, Documentary, Comedy, True Crime

4.67.6K Ratings

🗓️ 6 February 2023

⏱️ 41 minutes

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When a local TV news investigative team gets a tip about a fake university, they set out on what becomes a multi-year pursuit to find the man behind one of the largest degree mills in history. Subscribe to The Binge to get all episodes of Chameleon, ad-free right now. Click ‘Subscribe’ at the top of the Chameleon show page on Apple Podcasts or visit GetTheBinge.com to get access wherever you get your podcasts. A Campside Media & Sony Music Entertainment production. Find more great podcasts from SonyMusic Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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There's something I haven't told you before.


You're really not very, you know, very, what?


Camille, season five, Dr. Dante.


A production of campsite media.


Dr. Dante.


In 1997, when charges were filed by the Central District of California in connection with Permiderm,


Dr. Ronald Dante's lawyer told him that he had two choices.


He could either be arrested or flee the country.


The lawyer told me he said, if I don't want to go to prison, I got to go south through the


north, Canada, or the other place.


So Dante headed south to the other place and crossed the border into Mexico with a bag filled


with gold and cash and set up shop in Ensenada, a laid back port city on the Pacific coast.


And while he could rest assured that he'd be safe from extradition, his lawyer had made it clear.


Step one foot back in the United States and he'd be in the express lane back to prison,


which Dante had no interest in.


He's especially since he was in the midst of raking it in with his most lucrative pursuit yet,


Columbia State University.


So he was here in Mexico to set up a new life and run Columbia State from afar,


a correspondence school run by correspondence, you could say.


As for accommodations, Dante stayed in some hotels and Ensenada for a time.


But then he thought this just won't do and decided to invest in some lodging more be fitting


of a fugitive university came in, something with room for his family.


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