WHITE PLAINS, NY — Acting Westchester County District Attorney James A. McCarty announced that
Tyrone Mushatt (DOB 11/07/72) of 3563 Boller Avenue Bronx, New York, was arraigned
today on an indictment charging him with:
•seventeen counts of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, class ”D” Felonies,
•one count of Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, a class “A” Misdemeanor.
Between May 11, 2012 and October 31, 2014, the defendant, a former Westchester Community College head men’s basketball coach submitted seventeen forged Westchester Community College transcripts to seven colleges and universities in order to facilitate the transfer of eight WCC basketball players to four year colleges and universities.
Those institutions include Wilmington University, Farmingdale State College, the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, St. John’s University, Quinnipiac University, Concordia College and Florida A&M University.
The defendant either mailed, faxed or hand delivered the forged student transcripts to representatives at those schools.
The fraud came to light when the New York State Office of the Inspector General, the State University of New York Chancellor’s Office and the National Junior College Athletic Association all received information that this scheme was occurring. The United States Department of Education also assisted in the investigation.
Westchester Community College and the other colleges and universities named above, fully cooperated with this investigation.
The defendant was arrested by investigators from the District Attorney’s Office on
October 29, 2015.
The defendant pled not guilty. He remains released on his own recognizance.
His next court date is September 1, 2016.
The defendant faces a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison.
Assistant District Attorney Brian Conway, Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau, and Assistant District Attorney Stephen Ronco of the Public Integrity Bureau are prosecuting the case.