Several current and former high school students suspected of having participated in a SAT and ACT cheating ring surrendered to the Nassau County district attorney’s office in New York on Tuesday, according to news reports.
An investigation at one high school uncovered at least nine youths who allegedly paid test takers to take the SAT or ACT for them, according to Newsday.
The alleged offenses occurred between 2008 and 2011, according to news reports.
The case stems from a probe in September that resulted in seven arrests of former students involved in a college admissions test scheme, including Emory University student Samuel Eshaghoff, 19, of Great Neck, New York. Tuesday’s arrests bring the number of youths implicated to 20, said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, according to news reports.
Eshaghoff is facing felony fraud charges that could result in four years in prison if he's convicted, the Nassau County District Attorney's Office said.
Four of the youths arrested Tuesday are accused of accepting from $500 to $3,600 to take tests for high school students for college admissions requirements, NBC reported.
A lawyer for one of the defendants criticized prosecution of the youths, according to NBC.
"When we glorify Wall Street guys who make money cheating and baseball players who take steroids, how can we condemn kids trying to achieve that same success?" attorney Michael DerGarabedian said, according to NBC.