Ex NY basketball coach indicted on forged-transcript charges

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) A former basketball coach of a New York community college has been indicted on charges he used forged transcripts to help star players transfer to NCAA Division I colleges.

Tyrone Mushatt was arraigned on an 18-count indictment Thursday in White Plains, New York.

Several former basketball stars at Westchester Community College were ruled ineligible at other schools as a result of the scandal, which was uncovered in October 2014 by The Journal News.

Prosecutors say Mushatt 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, Quinnipiac (KWIHN'-ih-pee-ak) and Florida A&M universities.

His attorney, John Pappalardo, says Mushatt continues to maintain his innocence and has tremendous community support.