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    This one's interesting--ETS was investigating a TOEFL scam whereby a pro would take tests for others. They uncovered more and more evidence, some of which led back to, the 9/11 attacks.

    There are two articles here. The first is from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...-2002May9.html

    Probe Turns Up Suspicious Items Flight Book, Other Materials Found in Test Fraud Case By Brooke A. Masters and William Branigin
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Friday, May 10, 2002; Page B01

    Federal agents searching a Falls Church address in connection with a student testing and visa scam found a flight manual, flight school brochures, a hand-drawn diagram of a plane hitting the World Trade Center and a datebook that contained only one entry -- on Sept. 11, according to government sources and court documents unsealed this week.

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    This one's from http://www.njusao.org/files/to0507_r.htm
    2002-05-07 -- TOEFL -- Criminal complaints -- News Release

    Dozens of Foreign Students Arrested Nationwide in English Language Testing Scam

    NEWARK, N.J. - Dozens of foreign nationals enrolled in colleges, universities and other schools in the United States were arrested today in connection with a scheme in which they paid others to take English-language proficiency tests to satisfy enrollment standards at their respective schools, and thus stay legally in this country, Christopher J. Christie, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, announced.

    The arrests are based on criminal complaints out of the District of New Jersey, home to Educational Testing Services (ETS) in Princeton, a standardized testing service used by schools throughout the country.

    By about 2:15 p.m. EST, 56 arrests were made in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

    The arrests were part of a nationwide sweep of students and test-takers involved in the scheme.

    Read the rest: http://www.njusao.org/files/to0507_r.htm
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    I just now came across this post and although it's very old, I was wondering if you have any updates on that story. By that I mean what happened to the parties involved, both the people that had someone else take the exam for them and the test-takers as well. Also, what if the TOEFL scores hadn't been used for the purpose of obtaining a student visa but simply to be admitted to a university? Would legal action still be applied or just academic? I'm concerned about both parties given that both were college students, the person that paid and the person that took the exam. Thanks!

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