Attorney Questions Whether SAT Cheating Merits Prosecution

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The attorney for a 19-year-old college student accused of taking the SAT college entrance exams for at least half a dozen high students is questioning whether the case merits legal prosecution.

Prosecutors allege that Sam Eshaghoff received payments of up to $2,500 from six students at Great Neck North High School, and used
fakes IDs when he sat for exams beginning in 2009. They say he earned scores ranging from 2140 to 2220 out of a possible 2400 on the SAT.

The Nassau County district attorney says Great Neck North faculty members heard rumors this year that students had paid a third party to take the SAT for them. She says administrators then identified six students who "had large discrepancies between their academic performance records and their SAT scores."

Eshaghoff has pleaded not guilty to charge of scheming to defraud, criminal impersonation and falsifying business records. The six students whose exams he took were also arrested yesterday and charged with misdemeanors.

Eshagoff's attorney says school administrators should have handled the case, not prosecutors. He says it raises the question of where to draw the line.

Prosecutors are investigating whether similar SAT scams occurred in at least two other high schools in the area.

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