7 Busted for SAT Scam

High school students paid up to $2.5k for graduate to sit exam
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2011 3:53 AM CDT
Updated Sep 28, 2011 4:20 AM CDT

(Newser) – Seven teens have been arrested in an SAT-cheating ring at a prestigious Long Island high school. Sam Eshaghoff, 19, took the exam for at least six other students, charging up to $2,500 for each one, prosecutors told the Los Angeles Times. The six Great Neck North students have been arrested, but authorities suspect Eshaghoff may have taken the exam for many more students, using fake IDs.

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Eshaghoff—who allegedly flew back to New York from his university in Atlanta to take the exams—faces charges that carry up to four years in prison, while the high school students face misdemeanor charges. The arrests were made after school administrators noticed glaring discrepancies between SAT scores and academic performances. "Colleges look for the best and brightest students, yet these six defendants tried to cheat the system, and may have kept honest and qualified students from getting into their dream school," the district attorney said. (Read more SAT stories.)

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