Pakistani Man Sentenced to 21 Months
in Prison in Axact Diploma Mill Scam

Press Release, U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of New York
August 28, 2017

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that Umair Hamid was sentenced today to 21 months in prison for his role in an international diploma mill scheme operated through the Pakistani company Axact. Hamid pled guilty on April 6, 2017, to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Hamid entered the guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams, who imposed today's sentence.

Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said:

Umair Hamid and Axact operated a massive diploma mill that preyed on consumers who thought their tuition would pay for a college education. Instead, Hamid provided victims with worthless fake diplomas. Defendants like Hamid who profit from fake schools face very real penalties, including prison time.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in related court proceedings:

In addition to the prison term, Hamid, 31, of Karachi, Pakistan, was ordered to forfeit $5,303,020.

Mr. Kim praised and thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Postal Inspection Service for their outstanding investigative work.

If you believe you were a victim of this crime, including a victim entitled to restitution, and you wish to provide information to law enforcement and/or receive notice of future developments in the case or additional information, please contact the Victim/Witness Unit at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, at (866) 874-8900. For additional information, go to

The case is being prosecuted by the Office's Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Edward A. Imperatore,Noah D. Solowiejczyk, Katherine Reilly, Patrick Egan, and David Abramowicz are in charge of the prosecution.

This article was posted on January 18, 2018..

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