Professor who ran fake trade school gets 6 months in prison
NEW YORK (AP) — A former City University of New York college professor convicted of creating a fake trade school on the campus of his employer by teaching unauthorized courses and issuing phony certificates has been sentenced to six months in prison.
Prosecutors say Mamdouh Abdel-Sayed, of Kearny, New Jersey, was sentenced Thursday after being pleading guilty to wire fraud. The 69-year-old ex-biology instructor must also serve six months of home confinement and pay $20,000 in restitution.
Abdel-Sayed was a lecturer at CUNY’s Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.
Investigators say he led courses for years on subjects such as CPR and drawing blood on the weekends and in the evenings on weekdays. They say he charged as much as $1,000 for certificates he forged on paper purchased at an office supply store.