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EXCLUSIVE: Teen Accused In L.I. SAT Scandal Says He Provided ‘Reliable Service’

Samuel Eshaghoff Speaks To '60 Minutes' In Interview Set To Air Sunday.

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — For the first time, the public is hearing from one of the teenagers accused in the SAT test taking scam that has rocked Long Island.

Police said Sam Eshaghoff, was paid to impersonate students and take their college entrance exams. So far, 20 students have been arrested in the scandal.

The 19-year-old college student is charged with felony crimes after prosecutors alleged high school students paid him and others to take their college entrance exams. The payment was allegedly as much several thousand dollars per test.

In an exclusive interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes, Eshaghoff boasts that the price paid by the students was worth every penny.

“I mean my track record speaks for itself. Like, if you know somebody’s so stellar at doing something, so flawlessly, without one exception — it goes without saying that’s a reliable service,” Eshaghoff told 60 Minutes’ Alison Stewart.

Of the more than 20 students arrested in the scandal, it is Eshaghoff who is the poster boy. He scored 2100 out of 2400 on his own SAT exam, and is accused of taking at least 15 tests for money.

Eshaghoff told 60 Minutes what he did for each student was more than take tests — he claimed he saved lives.

“I mean a kid who has a horrible grade point average, who no matter how much he studies is gonna totally bomb this test. By giving him an amazing score, I totally give him this like a new lease on life. He’s gonna go to a totally new college, he’s gonna be bound for a totally new career and a totally new path in life,” Eshaghoff said.

The scam was uncovered when teachers at Great Neck North High School compared some students’ academic performance to unusually high test scores. Now Eshaghoff and other test takers await their days in court, while some students who allegedly hired them are charged with misdemeanors.

The idea of students and even their parents getting away with such an act angers State Senator Ken LaValle.

“There are parents that are complicit in this. They are involved. You can’t tell me that students are walking around with $3,500,” LaValle said.

“A lot of kids will do whatever it takes to get ahead,” Eshaghoff said.

Eshaghoff could face four years in prison if convicted. The case prompted many to demand the test-taking system be reformed and tightened up nationwide to root out more cheaters.

The entire interview can be seen this Sunday on 60 Minutes on CBS 2-HD.

What do you make of Eshaghoff’s assertion that he saved lives?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below…

  • Theresa

    Further proof tht SAT or ACT score have little bearing on someone’s ability to succeed in college. Since this has been going on for years, I’m sure there are many successful college graduates that had someone take the entrance exam to get into the college they wanted to attend.

  • TO

    Upon further “exam”ination…

    The larger issue is about an education system which clearly flunks the test!

  • Meme Meyagi

    what is done about 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa?

  • Turk

    But seems to lack moral fiber Sounds like prim congress material to me

  • Mark Morrison-Lemay

    The pressure put on teenagers, this stupid keeping up with the Jonses mentality, drives kids to do this. Parents are so concerned with what others will say about their kids if they choose a path other than what they want for them, that these kids have no choice but to do whatever it takes to please their parents. I think the parents are more to blame in this than are the kids.

  • Adam Moreira

    Reliable service he says—oh Margaret! It’s more an indictment of the other students than anything though.

  • Jeff Rosen ret NYPD Sgt

    The explanation he gave is the ultimate definition of Chutzpah!!

  • Peter

    He is a young man with a great brain and no moral compass. Did he ever stop to think he may have cost lives?He denied students, who otherwise qualified for admission to elite schools ,a place therein because the enrollment was filled.Some may have committed suicide,if distraught.I hope the IRS and the State of New York tax authorities prosecute him for failure to report earned income and that he is denied financial aid resulting from fraudulent financial information.

    • Geo the Liberal

      Suicide? Maybe the cheater would have committed suicide if he/she didn’t get in where they wanted to? Stop using far out possibilities. Second of all, he’s rich and doesn’t need financial aid.

    • joey fom B'hurst

      @Peter: This kid did nothing wrong, compared to how the college entrance system works.

      If my father went to a prestigious college, I would be accepted because of legacy status. No matter what my grades.

      Our President did not do well enough to get into Columbia on the first attempt, so he went to Occidental Community College, and then transferred over after 2 years. Do you think Affirmative Action is fair on an academic level. Who did Barry bump on the Columbia admissions list?

      Would you go to a Medical Doctor knowing that he was at the bottom of his class, but was allowed entry into practice because of his religion, race or ethnicity.

      To cheat and lie to benefit ourselves is human nature. We all do it. These kids are no different.

      • Geo the Liberal

        First of all, Occidental is not a community college, it is a four-year university in Los Angeles. Barack Obama did not live in LA, so he went there first, and then went to Columbia. Second of all, legacy and affirmative action will not get you into an Ivy League college unless if you are very smart, which is when they could help. If you are a “retard”, and your father was a “genius” who went to Harvard, you could not go to the same college as him, even if he gave them a building.

      • Richie (THANK GOODNESS, NOT from B'hurst)

        Hey Joey:
        Why the one-sided comments, when George Bush #43 graduated Yale with a C average (his father went there, his grandfather went there, etc.)? Barry was also Harvard Law Review – an extremely impressive academic achievement in (what is arguably) the world’s best law school! George Bush ’43 went on to Harvard Business School (I know several HBS grads – some very smart, some clueless in accounting, and 75% of them think they “walk on water”). Bush ’43 stumbled through HBS, bought the Texas Rangers (in bankruptcy), then POTUS for 8 years (US government near bankruptcy – see a trend???).

        The young man in this case is extremely bright, but seems to lack moral fiber. I wonder if Goldman Sachs has contacted him yet.

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