Emory student accused of taking SAT for others
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. –AN EMORY UNIVERSITY STUDENT IS FACING CHARGES (BECAUSE HE ALLEGEDLY) STOOD IN FOR NEW YORK HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND TOOK THE SAT FOR THEM.
Nassau County prosecutors say Sam Eshaghoff, 19, was paid between $1,500 and $2,500 for each exam, taken in 2010 and 2011. Prosecutors said Eshaghoff accepted payments of between $1,500 and $2,500 per student.
Eshaghoff is a Great Neck North High School alumnus. He transferred to Emory after spending his freshman year at the University of Michigan.
Eshaghoff is charged with scheme to defraud, falsifying business records and criminal impersonation. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted on all charges. His attorney did not immediately return a call.
Six current or former Great Neck North students also were arrested Tuesday. The students are not being identified due to their ages and the nature of the crimes.
District Attorney Kathleen Rice says her office is investigating whether similar SAT scams occurred in at least two other high schools.
Rice said that early this year, Great Neck North High School faculty members heard rumors that students had paid a third party to take the SAT for them.
Administrators at the top-ranked high school identified the six students by reviewing records of pupils who had taken the test at a different school and had large discrepancies between their academic performance records and their SAT scores.
The students registered to take the test at a different school where their faces would not be known to the proctors, while Eshaghoff presented unofficial identification with his photo and the paying student’s name on it.
On at least one occasion, Eshaghoff flew back home from college primarily to impersonate two students and took the SAT twice in one weekend.
A spokesman for Educational Testing Service, which administers the exam, did not immediately comment.
If the allegations are true should he face serious jail time?