EXCLUSIVE: 6 Students Implicated In SAT Cheating Scandal To Turn Themselves In
MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — CBS 2 has learned more arrests are imminent in the college entrance exam cheating scandal on Long Island.
Reporter Jennifer McLogan has confirmed that at least six additional students, including test takers and those who paid imposters to take the SAT or ACT for them, will surrender to the Nassau district attorney on Tuesday.
“We’ve had other suspects contact us. Obviously, some would be a conflict of interest,” said attorney Matin Emouna, who already represents the alleged mastermind of the Great Neck North High School cheating scandal, Sam Eshaghoff, who prosecutors say accepted as much as $2,500 per test to assume the identities of six students at the school.
Defense attorney Robert Gallo and others said their clients have been cooperating. They are stunned at the ongoing court action. District Attorney Kathleen Rice is said to have convened a special grand jury to investigate allegations of widespread cheating, which could result in additional criminal indictments.
“The student that I represent went on with his life on the supposition that this matter was behind him.” Gallo said, adding that his client is currently in college.
“If you get caught the repercussions are going to be disastrous,” Bambi Sobel said.
Bambi and Ed Sobel are New York educators and graduates of Great Neck North.
“The pressure from parents and peer groups to get into Ivy League schools is incredible,” Ed Sobel said.
Students told McLogan they are waiting for the next shoe to drop.
“Now there’s kids in colleges they don’t deserve, and it’s not right to the rest of us,” one college student said.
“It is encouraging to have the kids confess and turn themselves it, but at the same token the college already accepted them, so I don’t think they should be kicking them out of school either,” another student said.
Some students cannot be charged because the statute of limitations has expired, and the DA is still waiting for handwriting samples she needs from the SAT and ACT officials.
Students that were younger than 19 when the alleged crimes occurred will be charged as youthful offenders and face misdemeanor charges.
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