A Medgar Evers biology professor allegedly taught phony courses and scammed students out of their money, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Mamdouh Abdel-Sayed is accused of issuing fraudulent certificates in Sonography, Phlebotomy and Electrocardiograms, charging his students as much as $1,000 while claiming they’d be better prepared to find employment.
Abdel-Sayed was charged with corruption, fraud and obstruction in Manhattan Federal Court. He was released on a hefty $100,000 bond and forced to hand over his passport after showing up for his first court date.
"We have no tolerance for anyone attempting to take advantage of our students, and we appreciate the work of the Inspector General and the United States Attorney and thank them for their swift and thorough response,” said the school in a recent statement.
One student whose identity remains private told ABC7 that the professor was well-liked around campus.
If found guilty, Abdel-Sayed could serve up to 20 years behind bars.