EXCLUSIVE: 6 Students Implicated In SAT Cheating Scandal To Turn Themselves In

Attorneys For Some Of The Accused Shocked Investigation Is Still Going

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.

In all, 35 students remain under investigation. The scandal has grown to include five schools – two public and three private.

“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.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • sa

    we are about to be sucked into a war in the middle east, yet the LI District Attorney feels that parading minors in front of the camera will get her brownie points. I see a law suit here from all the parents of the minors being paraded in front of the camera, something else all tax payers will need to take out their check books for.

    is there really nothing else out there that is news worthy????

  • SightUnseen

    J. Lliberman: Your comment of “leave these kids and their stale case alone”
    espouses the position that “the ends justifies the means”, which seems contrary to your comment about “real crimes in local government”. If you want your political leaders to be honest and ethical, then the foundation of that begins at home. It is the parents’ duties to instill in their children an ethical and moral foundation. The parents of these cheating students completely abdicated that role when they knowingly supported their children’s unscrupulous efforts to cheat the (SAT and admissions) system.

    All parties involved need to understand and accept the consequences of their actions, otherwise, you are no better than the individuals you seek to condemn (e.g. corrupt politicians).

  • Chuck

    Can’t wait to see the names of all the “students” who get themselves arrested. Fortunately for them, they can expect their rabbis to write pre-sentence letters on their behalf to the judge. The letters will certainly explain what exemplary andd special human beings they really are. And how they are all deserving of being admitted to the Ivys.

  • Carol

    The students who payed someone else to take their test deserve whatever consequesences their actions now bring them. We all make choices and all of our choices come with consequences. I applaud Great Neck North HS teachers and staff who upon noticing the stark difference between what these students’ grades and their scores on the SATs were did the right thing by notifying the SAT authorities.

  • Joseph Liberman

    Katleen Rice should look into real crimes taking place by the local governments
    And leave these kids and their stale case alone

  • Scott

    The victims in this case are not the rich kids with loose morals and with parents who example of how to succeed in our society is warped. The victims are the honest kids who bought an SAT book, studied hard, and almost got accepted into the school of their dreams only to lose out to a cheat who hired a paid test taker.
    The children caught should be expelled from their current college, and if the admitting departments have records which allow identification of who almost made it in, those students should be given the option of a free and easy transfer.

  • susan

    wow..i never would have thought high school kids would need to stoop to paying someone to take the sat for them to get into college..i know its harder to be accepted these days, but just how far do they think they would have gotten in college classes after that..as far a the comment about they should be allowed to attend a college if they had been accepted ther..no way! you are accepted based upon you high school grade,community things and that sat..the colleges were duped, so the people should not be allowed to attend!i

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