Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim announced Friday a former tenured lecturer at the City University of New York’s Medgar Evers College was charged with corruption, obstruction offenses and fraud related to selling bogus Medgar Evers College certificates.
Sixty-eight-year-old Mamdouh Abdel-Sayed of Kearny, New Jersey was authorized to teach courses at Medgar Evers College from 2013 through 2017. He conducted courses on phlebotomy, sonography and electrocardiograms and provided students with bogus certificates for completion of the courses, charging some students $1,000 for the certificates. To avoid detection, Abdel-Sayed conducted unauthorized courses.
“As alleged, a faculty member of Medgar Evers College abused his position to enrich himself by creating and selling fake certificates stating students had completed health care programs at the college,” Kim said in a statement. In allegedly doing so, Abedel-Sayed out of greed put public health at risk. I want to thank our partners at the New York State Inspector General and Department of Education Office of Inspector General for their continued efforts to root out corruption at federally funded New York schools.”
Abdel-Sayed encouraged the recipients of the bogus certificates to apply for employment at New York City-care hospitals and other medical facilities. He sold certificates to people who never attended the courses. In a recorded message, Abdel-Sayed could be heard saying it was “illegal” to possess the certificates.
Each count of soliciting bribes and conversion from a program receiving federal funds carry a maximum 10-year prison sentence. The wire fraud and obstruction of justice charge, each carry a 20-year prison sentence.