Tulane University Student Is Charged In College Entrance Exam Cheating Scheme

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Tulane University senior is one of five New Yorkers charged with taking college entrance examinations for 15 high school students from a well-to-do section of Long Island who paid them hundreds of dollars -- in one case $3,600 -- with the hopes of getting high scores that would help them get them into top-flight schools.

Joshua Chefec, 20, a senior Tulane business student, turned himself in to the Nassau County district attorney's office on Tuesday. He and the four other men have been booked with one count each of scheming to defraud in the first degree, falsifying business records in the second degree and criminal impersonation in the second degree.

"If you wanted a good test score, these were the people to go to," said Chris Munzing, a spokesman for Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

If convicted, each man could face up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Munzing said Rice isn't seeking prison time.

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