WASHINGTON: A Pakistani man was sentenced by a US court to 21 months in prison for his involvement in an international fake diploma scam.
Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim announced the sentence for Umair Hamid on Monday.
It should be mentioned here that Umair Hamid, an employee of Axact, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud on April 6, 2017.
Axact represented itself as an information technology provider. Consumers worldwide, including the United States, believed they were enrolling in colleges, universities and high schools.
The people enrolled with the company paid upfront fees, believing they would receive genuine degrees, but ended up with a worthless diploma with no instruction, according to court documents.
On instruction from the government of Pakistan, the Axact website was shut down and several including Hamid were arrested in May 2015.
The US court also ordered him to forfeit $5,303,020 along with the 21-month imprisonment. –SAMAA
Story first published: 29th August 2017