Posted on May 28, 2015

15 Chinese Citizens Indicted in Alleged College Test-Taking Scheme

Associated Press, May 28, 2015

Fifteen Chinese citizens have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh in a scheme to take college entrance exams on behalf of others, who then were able to obtain student visas.

The indictment announced Thursday says the alleged conspirators scammed tests run by Educational Testing Service and the College Board–such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT–under false pretenses.

The indictment clearly identifies six suspects as students and five as test-takers, but isn’t clear on the role of the others–including three whose names remain under seal.

The indictment says some students paid nearly $6,000 to have the tests taken in their name.

That was done by forging passports with the students’ personal information next to a picture of the conspirator paid to take the tests.