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Arraignment Hearing for Alleged SAT Cheating Ring Students

The Nassau County District Attorney’s office reports that the seven Great Neck North High School students involved in the alleged SAT cheating ring were arraigned on Sept. 27 in First District Court in Hempstead. According to the DA’s office, for Samuel Eshaghoff (who, the DA states, took the tests for six other students) bail was set at a $1,000 bond or $500 cash. He is due back in court for a Part 9 on Oct. 11. The six students were all released on their own recognizance, according to the DA.

District Attorney Kathleen Rice had reported that all seven had been arrested on Tuesday, Sept. 27, for “their roles in a cheating ring that paid a college student thousands of dollars to impersonate students and take the SAT for them.” She stated that Eshaghoff, a North High graduate and currently a student at Emory University, had accepted payments of between $1,500 and $2,500 per North High student to take the SAT exams for them.

Eshaghoff is charged with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree, and Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted. The six students who allegedly hired Eshaghoff to take the exam for them face misdemeanor charges. The six are not being identified due to their ages and the nature of the charges, according to the DA’s office.

 Rice said the students registered to take the test at a different school, where their faces would not be known to the proctors, and the third party, identified by investigators as Eshaghoff, presented unofficial identification with his photo and the paying student’s name on it. Rice thanked the Great Neck School District for their “invaluable assistance with this investigation.”