Real Gilligan professor “could face misdemeanor criminal charges” for misrepresenting himself

Reality TV stars — or producers — creatively stretching the truth about a cast member’s profession is nothing new. But the most recent example could result in criminal charges.

The Real Gilligan’s Island 2‘s victorious Professor Tiy-E Muhammad, “is not licensed to practice psychology in Georgia or anywhere else,” despite being identified as a psychologist on head shots and elsewhere, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Tiy-E, who is “known as ‘The Love Doctor’ on a local [Atlanta] radio station, could face misdemeanor criminal charges” because “[c]laiming you are a psychologist without a license is illegal.”

There are other problems with his resume. His web site bio says “he stepped out on faith, and resigned from his position as a professor of Psychology at Clark, to pursue a career in acting and modeling.” But the AJC reports that “[s]chool officials said he left after they discovered his credentials were bogus.”

What does Tiy-E have to say about this? “That is not anybody’s business,” he told reporters. The AJC also discovered that while “Muhammad said that in 1999 he founded a nonprofit organization called ‘Man II Man Inc.,’ … the organization is a for-profit company, said Cara Hodgson of the secretary of state’s office.”

After he was asked about that, Tiy-E “said he had not ‘filed the paperwork’ to make the corporation nonprofit,” and then “On Tuesday, the Web site was changed to describe the organization as ‘community-based,’ rather than nonprofit.”

Just sit right back and you’ll hear … the truth [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]

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