CUNY Lecturer Charged With Running Fake Health Certificate Program

Dozens of students received the certificates of completion, though it was unclear how much money they paid Mr. Abdel-Sayed, who worked with at least one assistant. He charged fees ranging from $25 to more than $1,000 to each student, and he purchased enough office supplies between 2014 and 2017 to create more than 7,000 fraudulent certificates, according to a complaint filed.



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The charges were announced by the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, the New York State inspector general, and the federal Education Department’s Office of the Inspector General. A lawyer for Mr. Abdel-Sayed, Ryan G. Blanch, declined to comment.

The case represents the latest entanglement for CUNY, the largest public urban university in the country, as it confronts numerous outside investigations related to financial, management and personnel issues. In a separate federal inquiry, investigators are looking into the personal finances of Lisa S. Coico, the former president of the City College of New York, who resigned unexpectedly last October.

Investigators said that Mr. Abdel-Sayed, 68, of Kearny, N.J., told students his courses would save time and money; an official 200-hour class at CUNY to become a patient care technician, for example, costs $2,530. He also vouched for the authenticity of the documents, if questioned by employment agencies or others, the complaint said.

Mr. Abdel-Sayed also engaged in “unsanitary and risky procedures” in his class in drawing blood when he handed out needles and “suggested that students could attempt to draw blood from each other.”

Medgar Evers officials first heard about Mr. Abdel-Sayed’s classes in…

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