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Medgar Evers College Professor Admits To Teaching Rogue Classes, Selling Bogus Completion Certificates

May 31, 2018 - 1:26 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A City University of New York Medgar Evers College biology professor pleaded guilty Thursday to teaching health industry courses without organization and selling bogus course completion certificates.

As WCBS 880's Peter Haskell reported, Mamdouh Abdel-Sayed, 69, of Kearny, New Jersey, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Manhattan  to one count of wire fraud, according to the New York State Inspector General and the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Abdel-Sayed was a full-time lecturer in the biology department in the college in Brooklyn from 2013 to 2017, prosecutors said. During that time, he taught unauthorized medical and health-related courses, and asked students to hand over money for bogus Medgar Evers College course completion certificates, prosecutors said.

In so doing, Abdel-Sayed profited off the school’s name and helped those who bought the certificates to get jobs without the training they actually needed, prosecutors said.

Abdel-Sayed held the rogue classes in vacant college classrooms when the facilities were less busy, and sold the certificates to students whether they actually took the classes or not, prosecutors said. Undercover investigators were on to Abdel-Sayed, and he kept it up through last year, even after college officials told him to cease and desist in 2015 and 2016, prosecutors said.

Abdel-Sayed could face up to 20 years in prison for the wire fraud charge. He also forfeited $20,000 in illicit proceeds he got from the scheme, prosecutors said.