The investigation into SAT cheating at a New York high school has expanded to two more school districts and one private school, and more arrests of current or former students are imminent, writes Fox News.
The probe is focusing on a suspect who allegedly accepted money from college-bound students to take their entrance exams. Prosecutors are also targeting those who solicited the service. The districts under scrutiny have not been revealed.
“We continue to work with school administrators to determine the scope of this cheating ring and we will be making additional arrests in the near future,” said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
School administrators are helping investigations. Student grade point averages and their SAT scores are currently being examined in an effort to identify cheaters.
Investigators “identified at least one additional student who appears to have impersonated students and took SATs for payment,” Rice said.
The chairman of the state Senate’s Higher Education Committee, Sen. Kenneth LaValle of Long Island, said he is planning an hearing on the scandal, which has been scheduled for Oct. 25.
This all comes after seven arrests were made back in September. These arrests including scholastic star Sam Eshaghoff, 19, who was charged for accepting money to complete the test for six other current and former students, as reported by Education News.
Eshaghoff was paid between $1,500 and $2,500 for taking the tests and allegedly used fake student identity cards to access the exams.
“We now know that Samuel Eshaghoff was not the only person impersonating other students and taking the SAT for cash,” Rice said.
Eshaghoff, facing felony charges, had a court date Tuesday that was adjourned until Nov. 28.
“This is a national epidemic not limited to New York,” said Eshaghoff’s lawyer, Matin Emouna. “These matters should be handled administratively at the local districts.”
Eshaghoff is currently enrolled at Emory University in Atlanta but is now being investigated by the school.