Eleven arrested in connection with alleged SAT cheating scam


A spokesman for ACT also said it was reviewing protocols in light of the investigation.

Michael DerGarabedian, a Rockville Centre attorney representing one of the students who prosecutors say paid others to take the test, said the scandal reflects a larger problem in society.

“If these charges are proven, these kids should be held accountable,” he said. But citing widely publicized cases of insider trading and athletes using steroids, he said it’s not surprising that some kids have misguided values, adding: “We need to re-evaluate the expectations we place on kids these days, and how we define success.”

Chefec’s attorney, Brian Griffin of Garden City, said his client was charged with taking a test for a student in 2008, and that Chefec’s school looked into the allegations and deemed them “unfounded.”

He said, “Pushing an agenda by using the criminal justice system on the backs of schoolchildren is wrong.”

Another attorney, Eric Sachs, said his client Trane denies the accusation that he took two tests for someone else in 2008. He said such accusations could be disastrous for a defendant.

“If they are in school, they could get kicked out of school. If they have a job, they could lose their job,” said Sachs, of Bellmore.

Justin’s attorney, Arnold Kriss of Manhattan, said, “Notwithstanding this frenzy, the presumption of innocence applies in this case.”

At the news conference, Rice said criminal charges are warranted.

“This is a crime,” she said. “You’re talking about thousands of dollars changing hands so kids can submit fraudulent test results to get into a better school. The true victims are the ones who take a backseat to the cheaters.”

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