PITTSBURGH (AP) — Eight of 15 Chinese citizens indicted in a conspiracy to take college entrance exams on behalf of others or pay to have their tests taken so they could obtain student visas pleaded not guilty before a federal magistrate Wednesday.
Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh allege they scammed tests run by Educational Testing Service and the College Board — such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT — for more than $5,000 per exam.
The alleged scheme involves tests administered in Pittsburgh and its suburbs since 2011. Some of the defendants eventually enrolled in out-of-state schools, though investigators and defense attorneys have refused to supply specifics.
Two students arraigned Wednesday were enrolled at Virginia Tech and a third is accused of having someone else take a test whose results were sent to Northeastern University.
Two others scheduled for arraignments Wednesday had their court appearances postponed, two others have yet to be scheduled for arraignments and three others charged have yet to be identified as their names have been redacted in the mail and wire fraud indictment announced late last month.