Evidently, professional SAT test-takers make a hell of a lot more money than overworked Cultist bloggers. Sure it's illegal, but boy is it lucrative.
A 19-year-old Emory University student was hired by six Long Island high school students to take their SATs between 2009 and this year. Sam Eshaghoff was flown to New York, and paid up to $2,500 a test, scoring between 2140 and 2200 out of 2400 possible points.
Eshaghoff was arrested yesterday and charged with scheming to defraud, falsifying business records, and criminal impersonation. He plead not guilty, and was released on $500 bail. The six students were also arrested and later released, however, the case is still pending.
We don't condone cheating, but Hollywood loves it. Check our list of movies about lying cheats.
5. Catch Me if You Can
Fran Abagnale was a masterful manipulator that led the FBI on an international check-fraud chase. He convinced folks around the world he was a Pan American pilot, a surgeon, and a Lutheran lawyer. But eventually, he was caught and served time in prison. He would, however, go on to help the FBI catch criminals as a security consultant. See that, prison can even break the world's greatest cheater down so much, he becomes a narc. Let that be a lesson.
4. Shattered Glass
Stephen Glass was on the journalism up-and-come when it came to light he'd been making shit up. Dude wrote a news piece about hackers that entirely fabricated while working for The New Republic and was immediately terminated. His story became the crap film, Shattered Glass. Know what he's up to now? Neither do we.
Rather than paying someone $2,500 to fake your SATs, why not start your own college? That's exactly what Justin Long and Jonah Hill did. Like the New York High School students, Long's character couldn't get into college on their own, so they faked it.
2. Old School
It's all fun and games until the university threatens to strip your fraternity's rights. Then you have to scramble to win a debate just to keep your house.
1. The Flintstones
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Okay, it's not really cheating, but it's about a test and a case of false identity. After Fred helps Barney out with some money to adopt Bamm-Bamm, Rubble repays Flintstone's generosity by putting his name on Fred's aptitude test which ultimately earned him a promotion and higher salary. Fred, however, was the least qualified candidate, a lot like the six kids who faked SAT scores are under-qualified for higher education.