WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A former Westchester County Community College men’s basketball coach has pleaded guilty to charges that he forged players’ transcripts to facilitate their transfers to four-year universities.
On Tuesday, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino announced that Tyrone Mushatt, 44, has pleaded guilty in court to one felony count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of fifth-degree conspiracy, a misdemeanor.
According to McCarty, Mushatt, admitted to possessing a forged transcript of a former Westchester Community College basketball player, and provided that transcript to St. John’s University in an effort to fraudulently establish the eligibility of that player to join the Red Storm.
Additionally, Mushatt admitted that between June 2013 and October 2014 he conspired to forge 10 other transcripts of six players to four colleges and universities in an effort to expedite the transfer of the players to larger programs, Scarpino said.
The investigation into the illegal transcript scheme initially was initially sparked when multiple organizations - including 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 regarding the fraud.
Mushatt was arrested on Oct. 29, 2015, and initially charged with 17 felony charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument. Scarpino said Mushatt is due to be sentenced later this year, where he will receive an agreed upon probationary sentence if he avoids committing any further criminal activity. If that deal is broken, Mushatt faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.