NY Bill Would Make SAT Test Cheating a Crime

It would create a new crime of facilitation of education testing fraud and another law of scheming to defraud educational testing.

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012  |  Updated 4:02 PM EDT
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A New York lawmaker wants to make cheating on college entrance tests a crime following a scandal in an affluent New York City suburb.  

Sen. Kenneth LaValle of Suffolk County released the draft bill Tuesday. It would create a new crime of facilitation of education testing fraud and another law of scheming to defraud educational testing.     

Those crimes would be felonies punishable by prison sentences.     

A misdemeanor would also be created for forgery of a test. That would be punishable by up to a year in jail.     

The Senate is holding hearings following a September scandal in Nassau County involving 20 people accused of a cheating scheme that involved impostors paid $500 to $3,600 to take tests in place of high schoolers. 

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