Eleven arrested in connection with alleged SAT cheating scam

Those students include five alumni of Great Neck North, one who attended North Shore Hebrew Academy, one who graduated from Roslyn High School, and one from Great Neck South. A ninth student, who attends St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset, declined to surrender and officials said they plan to arrest that person.

The students charged with misdemeanors will be prosecuted as youthful offenders, their cases will be sealed, and they will not be identified, officials said.

In September, six former and current Great Neck North students were arrested after prosecutors said they paid a former student to pose as them and take the SAT.

Prosecutors said one student arrested Nov. 22 paid Sam Eshaghoff, 19, the former student, $3,600. The probe has since expanded, and Rice said her office has looked at as many as 40 possible cheaters, but can charge only a fraction of them because of issues involving evidence and the statute of limitations.

There is no evidence that the students’ parents provided the money to hire the test takers, but the investigation is continuing, Rice said.

Prosecutors said they would not seek prison for those convicted.

The district attorney’s office also has convened a special grand jury to investigate cheating on the tests, sources close to the probe have confirmed. That probe could result in criminal indictments, a report, or recommendations on the panel’s findings, sources and experts said.

At the news conference, Rice pressed ETS, the Princeton, N.J.-based company that administers the SAT for the College Board, to boost test security. “This is a system begging for security enhancements,” Rice said.

Thomas Ewing, a spokesman for ETS, said it will upgrade security procedures if that is warranted. Ewing noted that the College Board has hired a consulting group run by former FBI director Louis Freeh to review test-security protocols.

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