Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim announced Monday a Pakistani man was sentenced to 21 months in prison for his involvement in an international fake diploma scheme.
On April 6, 2017, Umair Hamid pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Hamid was employed with Axact, which represented itself as an information technology provider. Consumers worldwide, including the United States, believed they were enrolling in colleges, universities and high schools. Those consumers paid upfront fees, believing they would receive genuine degrees, but ended up with a worthless diploma with no instruction, according to court documents.
Pakistani authorities shut down the Axact website and arrested Hamid and several others in May 2015. Along with the 21-month imprisonment, Hamid was ordered to forfeit $5,303,020.