09/10/2012 11:57 am ET Updated Sep 10, 2012

Juan Miguel Ramirez Sanchez, Mexico University President, Had Phony Diploma

A university president in Mexico is the latest professional to be found with a phony degree in a country where fake credentials have run rampant in recent years.

Juan Miguel Ramirez Sanchez, president of the University of Guanajuato and a 15-year veteran on its faculty, resigned in May after school officials confronted him with evidence that his academic credentials were bogus. His departure only became known this week when the school filed a criminal complaint alleging he took his position under false pretenses. The Guanajuato state Attorney General's Office is investigating.

Ramirez Sanchez's downfall, first reported by the Spanish news agency EFE, is the latest high-profile scam involving the use of forged professional degrees by Mexican students. He had worked 15 years at the university, beginning as a professor and rising to head the Accounting and Business Administration School before being named president of the Celaya-Salvatierra campus in 2008.

Luis Manuel Orozco, the university's director of legal affairs, told EFE that officials received several anonymous tips that Ramirez Sanchez never earned an economics degree from the University of Puebla in 1981 as he had claimed. When they requested his college records, "No document was found in the school files showing he had ever studied there," Orozco said.

"We're sad because we have a very valuable staff... and this will have very disagreeable consequences for the institution," Orozco added.