Crime & Justice

UCLA Alums Charged With Running Test Cheating Scheme

Federal authorities have charged former UCLA students with impersonating Chinese students and taking language proficiency tests for them.
Federal authorities have charged former UCLA students with impersonating Chinese students and taking language proficiency tests for them.
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UCLA is at the center of a cheating scandal that federal authorities say involved former and current students impersonating dozens of Chinese nationals who needed good scores on English tests to get into college in the U.S.

The six defendants, five with ties to UCLA, allegedly used fake passports, doctored with their own photos, to pass themselves off as the Chinese nationals at testing centers in and around Los Angeles as recently as 2016.

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