SAT Cheating Ring Brings Organized Nerd Crime Back to the American Consciousness


Sam Eshaghoff, a 19-year-old student at Emory University, has been busted as the alleged kingpin in an SAT cheating ring after apparently taking the test for at least six students from Great Neck North High School in Mineola, Long Island, making between $1,500 and $2,500 a pop. Which sounds sort of…smart? No, this is awful!

As Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice put it, “Colleges look for the best and brightest students, yet these six defendants tried to cheat the system and may have kept honest and qualified students from getting into their dream school. These arrests should serve as a warning to those taking the SAT this Saturday that if you cheat, you can face serious criminal consequences.”

Eshaghoff also went to Great Neck and got into the University of Michigan before transferring to Emory (it’s unclear which, if either, was his dream school). At one point in the life of the cheating ring, his SAT-shenanigans led to him taking the text twice in the same weekend, though at different schools and in other districts where the students he was “subbing” for wouldn’t be recognized. Which also sounds smart! No, awful. He also once took the test for a female student for free, which leads to many questions, including who will play the female romantic lead in the inevitable movie based on this story. And, prosecutors say he used the money to pay for his gym membership!

O.K., but for real, cheating on the SAT does not pay. You might end up at a school where you feel completely dumb! Also, the punishment is way harsh considering the poor kid had to take that damn test over and over and over again (and apparently did pretty…well?):

Eshaghoff is facing charges for scheme to defraud, falsifying business records and criminal impersonation. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison. The other six students are facing misdemeanor charges and have not been identified because of their ages.

An SAT cheating ring is to your future what college is to your wallet.

Seven Arrested for Great Neck North High School SAT Cheating Ring [Nassau County DA]