United States: Test administrator avoids prison in U.S. college admissions scandal

A former college entrance exam administrator avoided prison on Monday after admitting she participated in a vast U.S. fraud and bribery scheme that has resulted in charges against dozens of wealthy parents.

Federal prosecutors in Boston argued that Niki Williams, who was a special education teacher’s assistant at a public high school in Houston, deserved six months in prison for accepting bribes to facilitate cheating on ACT and SAT exams.

But U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani instead ordered her to serve just a year of probation and forfeit the $12,500 she illegally earned, saying her conduct was “truly an aberration” in her life that already had cost Williams her low-paying job.

The original full article can be found at reuters.com

(Picture: Steven Senne / AP file)

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