Prof accused in jobs scam
A MEDGAR Evers College biology lecturer charged students for off-the-books courses — and then encouraged them to apply for health-care jobs using “sham” completion certificates, federal prosecutors charged Friday.
Mamdouh Abdel-Sayed, 68, is charged with, among other things, receiving federal funds, soliciting bribes and fraud.
Abdel-Sayed, a tenured lecturer at the CUNY school, “purported to teach” classes on subjects including electrocardiograms, sonography and phlebotomy from 2013 to 2017, the feds said.
He charged up to $1,000 for “sham certificates of completion” and kept the money for himself, the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office said.
Abdel-Sayed, who was arrested Friday morning, would push students to use the phony credentials — which he allegedly made himself — for getting health-care gigs.
When employment agencies asked him to verify the certificates’ validity, he told them they were issued by Medgar Evers, officials claim.