WOODBURY - News 12 Long Island - confirmed today that the Nassau County District Attorney's Office is now investigating at least 35 students from five different schools for allegedly cheating not only on the SATs, but the ACTs as well.
The scandal started in September with the arrest of several students from the Great Neck North High School who allegedly paid former student Sam Eshaghoff thousands of dollars to take the SATs for them.
"This case has always been about leveling the playing field for the millions of students who don't cheat and who do play by the rules," says Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
Rice has declined to name the 35 students who are potentially facing arrest because the investigation is still ongoing.
Officials say because of a two-year statute of limitations on certain misdemeanors, some of the students who allegedly paid others to take the test for them may not be prosecuted. However, those who accepted payments could still be prosecuted because of the specific felony charges they might face.Lawmakers: Changes needed to stop cheating on SATsProbe into SAT cheating ring expands; more arrests expectedSource: SAT cheating scandal could involve more kids, schools7 Great Neck students caught in alleged SAT cheating ring