Sheena Santiago sends background material on Touro College

We have to credit Independent Freeholder Candidate Sheena Santiago with alerting us to the potential connection between Touro College, Tony Danza, Rabbi Mordechai Neustadt and Louis Magazzu. We provide the information of our submitting authors and investigators only upon their express permission.

Since our first article, we have had six people investigating the Touro College connection, have had conversations with the FBI, and are uncovering more and more dirt every hour. The following is courtesy of Sheena Santiago, and it provides more background information on Touro College and the ethics, or shall we say lapses thereof, of a Touro employee.

Investigation Report

DISTRICT ATTORNEY – NEW YORK COUNTY

News Release
July 16, 2007 Contact: Jennifer Kushner
212-335-9400

Former Director of Admissions of Touro College, former Director of the Computer Center of Touro College, three students of Touro College, as well as three New York Public School teachers indicted.

Manhattan District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau announced today the indictment of ten individuals for their involvement in a scheme to create and sell fraudulent student transcripts at a local college based in Manhattan. Some of the defendants charged in the indictment include the former Director of Admissions and the former Director of the Computer Center for Touro College, three students who attended Touro College, as well as three New York City Public School teachers.

In February 2007, Touro College reported the case to the Computer Crimes Squad, New York Police Department, which referred the case to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

The defendants are ANDRIQUE BARON, MICHAEL CHERNER, VLADIMIR “JIMMY” DIAQUOI, LASHEEN TINGLING, FLORENCE CONSTANT, UZI AZIZOV, BORIS YAKUBOV, RENEE RENE, GHISLENE JULMICE, and IRENE ZALIVANSKY.

BARON was the former Director of Admissions for Touro College, New York School of Career and Applied Studies in Manhattan (1994–2007) and CHERNER was the former Director of the Computer Center for Touro College, Kings Highway, Brooklyn campus (1990-2007). The indictment charges that from approximately January 8, 2007 to March 31, 2007, BARON and CHERNER improperly altered, created, and deleted at least seven transcripts in a cash-for-grades scheme. At least three of the altered records belonged to current Touro students, whose existing records were enhanced with improved grades or additional or deleted courses.

BARON made the changes to the transcripts by accessing the Touro computer server using his work computer (located in his office at 27 West 23rd Street) as well as his home computer in Long Island. CHERNER made the changes by accessing the Touro computer server using his work computer (Kings Highway, Brooklyn).

BARON and CHERNER also accepted bribes from at least four individuals who never attended Touro, but paid for fraudulent transcripts. Three of these individuals were New York City Department of Education (“NYCDOE”) teachers who needed master’s degrees to obtain permanent certification. These teachers purchased counterfeit transcripts, which they submitted to the NYCDOE. BARON and CHERNER created forged transcripts by using as a template a legitimate Touro student’s transcript found on the Touro computer server. The forged “certified” transcript would be identical to the original legitimate student transcript, except the student’s name would be changed.

DIAQUOI acted as the middleman between BARON and the teachers. DIAQUOI collected the cash payments from the teachers and passed them on to BARON. DIAQUOI also delivered the forged transcripts to the teachers after BARON created the documents.

The following are examples of the defendants’ criminal activity.

* AZIZOV was an undergraduate student at Touro College whose grade point average increased from 1.23 to 3.63 through the assistance of CHERNER and BARON. On January 25, 2007, AZIZOV’s official Touro registration records for the fall semester 2006 revealed that he was registered for five courses and that he earned failing grades and withdrawals for four of these courses. BARON and CHERNER accessed AZIZOV’S records in February 2006 and changed his course records for that semester to improperly reflect that AZIZOV took six classes and earned all As and Bs. For example, AZIZOV’s grade in “Business Law I” was changed from an “F” to a “B”; “Principals of Marketing” was changed from a “TF” (tentative fail) to an “A-”; “Principals of Macroeconomics” and “Money and Banking,” which were originally marked as “WNA” (withdrawals), disappeared entirely from his record.

* TINGLING, since February 2002, worked in the Touro Registrar’s office where she processed official student transcripts. She was a Touro student beginning in 1997, earning an Associate of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree. TINGLING was also legitimately enrolled in a graduate program at Touro in order to receive her Masters of Science degree in Special Education; however, she failed to complete required classes for her degree. BARON improperly accessed TINGLING’s records and changed them to improperly reflect that TINGLING completed her required courses and earned As and Bs. For example, BARON gave TINGLING an “A-” in “Spanish II,” a class that TINGLING never attended. TINGLING graduated based on the fraudulent transcript with a master’s degree in Special Education.

* YAKUBOV was an undergraduate student at Touro College who obtained a fraudulent transcript from the Touro Graduate School of Education and Psychology. The phony transcript showed he had earned a master’s degree. BARON updated YAKUBOV’s records in February 2007. Yakubov never attended graduate school classes.

* CONSTANT was a public school teacher at the Queens School for Career Development, where she taught Special Education since 2004. In order to obtain permanent certification from the NYCDOE, CONSTANT was required to earn a master’s degree. Beginning in 2003, she purchased a transcript that falsely indicated that she had earned a Master of Science in Special Education degree from Touro College. She paid DIAQUOI at least $3,000 for the fraudulent transcript. CONSTANT submitted the fraudulent certified transcript to the NYC Department of Education. She never attended Touro nor did she earn a master’s degree.

* RENE was a public school teacher at PS 233 in Queens, where she has held various positions since 1994. RENE paid DIAQUOI at least $3,000 for a transcript falsely indicating that she earned a Master of Science in Special Education from Touro. She never attended Touro College for graduate or undergraduate school. She submitted the forged transcript to the NYCDOE.

* JULMICE had been a New York public school teacher since 2000. Her last teaching job, starting in 2005, was as a teacher at PS 243 Weeksville School in Brooklyn. She also paid at least $3,000 to DIAQUOI to obtain a forged transcript indicating that she had earned a Master of Science in Special Education from Touro College, which she in turn submitted to the NYCDOE.

* ZALIVANSKY, who never attended Touro, obtained an entire transcript, which falsely indicated that she took classes and earned a degree from Touro College.

A search warrant executed at BARON’s home resulted in the recovery of numerous fake student transcripts and records, including those in the names of CONSTANT and JULMICE. BARON was arrested on March 20, 2007 at his Touro College office, located at 27 West 23rd Street. CHERNER was arrested on July 2, 2007 at his home in Brooklyn. Both defendants have been temporarily suspended from their positions at Touro. TINGLING was arrested at her home on July 2, 2007. CONSTANT, RENE, and JULMICE were arrested on July 10, 2007. DAIQUOI, AZIZOV, YAKUBOV, and ZALIVANSKY are still being sought.

BARON is charged with Computer Trespass, three counts of Commercial Bribe Receiving in the First Degree, seven counts of Computer Tampering in the Third Degree, and ten counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree.

CHERNER is charged with Computer Trespass, two counts of Commercial Bribe Receiving in the First Degree and one count of Commercial Bribe Receiving in the Second Degree, one count of Computer Tampering in the Third Degree, and three counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree.

DIAQUOI was charged with two counts of Commercial Bribe Receiving in the First Degree and three counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree.

TINGLING was charged with one count of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree and with one count of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree.

CONSTANT was charged with one count of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree and with one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree.

AZIZOV, YAKUBOV, JULMICE, RENE, and ZALIVANSKY were each charged with one count of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree.

Computer Trespass, Commercial Bribe Receiving in the First Degree, Computer Tampering in the Third Degree, and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree are all E felonies, which are punishable by up to four years in prison.

CHERNER and TINGLING were arraigned today in New York State Supreme Court, part 70. CONSTANT will be arraigned in New York State Supreme Court, Part 70 on July 23, 2007.

Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Lenzner is in charge of the prosecution under the supervision of Identity Theft Unit Chiefs Aaron Karczmer and Antonia Merzon and Trial Bureau 50 Bureau Chief Warren Murray.

Mr. Morgenthau would like to thank the Computer Crimes Squad of the NYPD, specifically Detective Richard MacNamara, Detective Jeannie Finucane, and Detective Robert DiBattista, Lt. John Otero, as well as John P. Higgins, Jr., Inspector General and Special Agent Jeremy Hunt, United States Department of Education, Office of Inspector General who assisted in this investigation. Mr. Morgenthau would also like to thank the New York City Department of Education and officials from Touro College who provided their cooperation and assistance.

Defendants’ Information

ANDRIQUE BARON, 12/15/72
2068 Hoffman Avenue
Elmont, New York

MICHAEL CHERNER, 11/30/56
56 Village Roade East
Brooklyn, New York

VLADIMIR “JIMMY” DIAQUOI, 10/23/69
421 East 21st Street
Brooklyn, NY

LASHEEN TINGLING, 8/31/75
175 Willoughby Street
Brooklyn, New York

RENEE RENE, 3/14/69
94-26 210 Street
Queens Village, New York

FLORENCE CONSTANT, 12/22/50
137-20 45th Street
Flushing, New York

GHISLENE JOSEPH JULMICE, 12/9/1964
147-61 Arlington Terrace
Queens, NY

UZI AZIZOV, 7/19/85
1790 West 6th Street
Brooklyn, New York

BORIS YAKUBOV, 5/29/1982
105-16 63rd St
Forest Hills, NY

IRENE ZALIVANSKY, 11/20/1983
2800 Coyle Street
Brooklyn, NY

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14 Responses to Sheena Santiago sends background material on Touro College

  1. dddddd says:

    This whole Lou-Touro College conspiracy theory is boring me. I bet there’s not one person involved in politics in NJ whose dealings can’t be traced back to some petty crook. That goes for every single person running for freeholder this year. It’s just that corrupt of a state. I’m not defending Lou or his questionable business decisions, but if you’re going to rake Lou over the coals for taking money from a petty crook, at least hold the rest of the slate to the same standard.

  2. Lobster Claws says:

    Sheena Santiago getting information from some other source than THIS site?!

    I’m shocked I tell you, SHOCKED!

  3. Lob – Actually, Sheena has provided quite a bit of information to this website.

    stutterer – This website is Magazzuwatch.com, NOT EveryOtherLegislatorinNewJersey.com.

    Ffffeel ffffree tttto cccreate yyyour oooown wwwwwwebsite. While you’re at it, put some more thought into your ssssscreen nnnnname.

  4. tryagain says:

    No sorry the name of this site is Magazzu BASH!!! ddddd makes a valid point. You constantly link Magazzu ONLY to all these conspiracy theories! What about some objectivity and looking into contributors of other candidates. Oh that’s right this in JUST Magazzu BASH!!!! Seems at least the 2 forrmer Independents renegades must surely have benefitted from these same donors over the years? That would be Peterson and Christy. Remember them they abandoned the County and now suddenly want back on the Freeholder Board after a few months. STILL running for the wrong reasons!!!

  5. vinelandvisitor says:

    Tryagain (Louie) is the ONLY candidate running for the wrong reason – to line his pockets and in short order, all of the facts about his violations of pay to play laws will surface.

  6. Rev. Higgs Boson says:

    Just another diploma mill. If this is true, their diplomas aren’t worth the paper they are printed on.

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  8. Sell me a bridge says:

    “You constantly link Magazzu ONLY to all these conspiracy theories! What about some objectivity and looking into contributors of other candidates. Oh that’s right this in JUST Magazzu BASH”

    That’s pretty funny. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out this site is set up to keep a close eye on Magazzu.

    Besides from where I sit the guy deserves to be bashed right now. But it is pretty funny that last year not a single Democrat complained when the Republicans were being bashed but now we have Lou Magazzu complaining to the papers that Bob Greco lives in the gutter rather than answering legitimate questions.

    It looks like Magazzu can dish it out but he sure can’t take it which makes this really fun to watch.

  9. gorgon says:

    Hey Sheena ! Wake up !

  10. tryagain says:

    JUST MORE MAGAZZU BASH TRASH!!! Word on the street is Sheena managed to not only fall out of favor first with Barse, but now also with Romano? Confusing to say the least.

  11. Hey Lou – I mean tryagain, I will play your silly little game – you have repeatedly tagged the Independents as “traitors”. What would you call Romano, a Republican that has come out in Lou’s corner, working against his Republicans?

    Bobby was working the floor at the very expensive Democrat fundraiser – you know the one, 7 out of 8 former freeholders that worked with Louis refused to participate (the beginning of the end?) but Bobby was working the floor like it was his job. Or maybe he was working the floor like it was his Wife’s Job!

    Is it true? Did Bobby sell his soul to the devil for a job for his wife? Did he make a pact with the devil to guarantee county cooperation on Landis makeover? Did he sell all of his fellow Republicans down the river to become butt-buddies with Lou Magazzu? It sure looks that way from where we sit.

    So, come one, come out and call Romano a traitor! Or in your perverted little world, you woukld label him a hero for stabbing the party that supported him in the back and crossing over to Lou’s world of dirty back room dealings.

  12. Hey Lou – I mean tryagain, I will play your silly little game – you have repeatedly tagged the Independents as “traitors”. What would you call Romano, a Republican that has come out in Lou’s corner, working against his Republicans?

    Bobby was working the floor at the very expensive Democrat fundraiser – you know the one, 7 out of 8 former freeholders that worked with Louis refused to participate (the beginning of the end?) but Bobby was working the floor like it was his job. Or maybe he was working the floor like it was his Wife’s Job!

    Is it true? Did Bobby sell his soul to the devil for a job for his wife? Did he make a pact with the devil to guarantee county cooperation on Landis makeover? Did he sell all of his fellow Republicans down the river to become butt-buddies with Lou Magazzu? It sure looks that way from where we sit.

    So, come one, come out and call Romano a traitor! Or in your perverted little world, you woukld label him a hero for stabbing the party that supported him in the back and crossing over to Lou’s world of dirty back room dealings.

  13. AAAAA says:

    Touro College has undergraduate schools such as School of General Studies, New York School of Career and Applied Studies, as well as Lander College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of liberal Arts and Sciences etc… These are undergraduate Touro College’s sections within its college. If a student is awarded an Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree the transcript will reflect some courses they will not attend. This means that if a student wants to pursue education in another institution their credential will be questioned and most likely not accepted even though Touro College is Fully Accredited. Touro College’s undergraduate practices are fraudulent. Since courses are added which a student never attended.

    If a student with a Bachelor Degree from undergraduate Touro College decides to go for a degree in Touro Colleges graduate programs such as Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy or Occupational Therapy; the student will never graduate the program because the Directors of the graduate programs are aware of Touro College’s undergraduate Degree granting fraud.

    Touro College’s Graduate programs likes students who received their degrees from other Colleges, such as City University of New York, or some Private Colleges and these student will most likely graduate and will most likely will pass the boards to obtain their licenses in their profession of study.

    THE BOTTOM LINE IS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED THEIR DEGREES FROM TOURO COLLEGE’S UNDERGRADUATE DIVISIONS WILL MOST LIKELY NEVER SEE GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND MAJORITY OF THE DEGREES ARE FRAUDULENT.

    THE ONLY REASON WHY TOURO AWARDS THESE FRAUDULENT DEGREES TO SHOW BOARD OF EDUCATION THAT TOURO PROVIDES GOOD EDUCATION AND THAT ITS STUDENTS ARE HAPPY. THE TRUTH IS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED DEGREES LIFES ARE DESTROYED.

    DON’T GO TO TOURO COLLEGE OR YOU WILL DESTROY YOUR LIFE.

  14. asdfjksladfj; says:

    Touro College has undergraduate schools such as School of General Studies, New York School of Career and Applied Studies, as well as Lander College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of liberal Arts and Sciences etc… These are undergraduate Touro College’s sections within its college. If a student is awarded an Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree the transcript will reflect some courses they will not attend. This means that if a student wants to pursue education in another institution their credential will be questioned and most likely not accepted even though Touro College is Fully Accredited. Touro College’s undergraduate practices are fraudulent. Since courses are added which a student never attended.

    If a student with a Bachelor Degree from undergraduate Touro College decides to go for a degree in Touro Colleges graduate programs such as Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy or Occupational Therapy; the student will never graduate the program because the Directors of the graduate programs are aware of Touro College’s undergraduate Degree granting fraud.

    Touro College’s Graduate programs likes students who received their degrees from other Colleges, such as City University of New York, or some Private Colleges and these student will most likely graduate and will most likely will pass the boards to obtain their licenses in their profession of study.

    THE BOTTOM LINE IS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED THEIR DEGREES FROM TOURO COLLEGE’S UNDERGRADUATE DIVISIONS WILL MOST LIKELY NEVER SEE GRADUATE SCHOOLS AND MAJORITY OF THE DEGREES ARE FRAUDULENT.

    THE ONLY REASON WHY TOURO AWARDS THESE FRAUDULENT DEGREES TO SHOW BOARD OF EDUCATION THAT TOURO PROVIDES GOOD EDUCATION AND THAT ITS STUDENTS ARE HAPPY. THE TRUTH IS TENS OF THOUSANDS OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED DEGREES LIFES ARE DESTROYED.

    DON’T GO TO TOURO COLLEGE OR YOU WILL DESTROY YOUR LIFE.

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