Sat Cheating Scandal Expands To 13 Students

11/22/2011 06:45 PM ET

SAT Cheating Scandal - Thirteen more students were charged with cheating on SAT and ACT college-admissions tests at high schools on New York’s Long Island, prosecutors said.

Seven Long Island students were charged in September with taking part in a scheme in which six paid the seventh to take the SAT on their behalf. Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said her office was investigating whether similar schemes occurred in other high schools in the area.

Rice’s office said today it identified nine more students who paid four others from $500 to $3,600 to take the SAT or ACT for them during the past three years.

“As was the case with the September arrests, the paying students charged today registered to take the test at a different school where they wouldn’t be known to proctors,” Rice’s office said in a statement. “The third party presented unofficial identification with his photo and the paying student’s name on it and took the test for them.”

Three of those accused of taking the test surrendered this morning and were arraigned today, prosecutors said.

They were identified by Rice’s office as Joshua Chefec, 20, a graduate of Great Neck North High School; Adam Justin, 19, a graduate of North Shore Hebrew Academy; and George Trane, 19, a graduate of Great Neck South High School. A fourth, Michael Pomerantz, 18, who attended Great Neck North, is scheduled to surrender on Nov. 28 because of a medical condition.

Seven ArrestedSeven students who paid others to take the test were arrested today and face misdemeanor charges, authorities said. Another is to surrender on Nov. 28 because of a medical condition. Five are alumni of Great Neck North. Two attended North Shore Hebrew Academy. One graduated from Roslyn High School.

Another student who attends St. Mary’s High School declined to surrender and arrangements for an arrest are being made, Rice’s office said. The students who paid to have the tests taken weren’t identified because of their ages and the charges against them, Rice’s office said. They were scheduled to be arraigned today in Hempstead

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