Former NY basketball coach charged with forging transcripts

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. (AP) A former basketball coach of a suburban New York community college has been charged with using forged transcripts to help star players transfer to NCAA Division I colleges.

Tyrone Mushatt was arraigned Thursday in Mount Pleasant Town Court on nine counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Mushatt coached men's basketball at Westchester Community College.

Prosecutors say he altered the grades on some of his players' transcripts between 2012 and 2014. They say the bogus transcripts were sent to seven colleges including St. John's University, Quinnipiac University and Florida A & M.

The Journal News (http://lohud.us/1RgoONo) reports defense attorney John Pappalardo said in court the college's internal investigation determined Mushatt wasn't involved in altering the transcripts.

Pappalardo says Mushatt ''spent his career helping kids.''

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Information from: The Journal News, http://www.lohud.com

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