Pittsburgh judge sentences Chinese woman to home confinement in test-taking scandal
A Chinese woman who paid two people to take exams for her so she could attend Virginia Tech will spend six months on home detention, U.S. District Judge Joy Flowers Conti ruled Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
Yue Zou, 22, of Blacksburg, Va., pleaded guilty in October to participating in a long-running conspiracy that had people in China making counterfeit passports and shipping them to the United States. They then paid others already in the United States to use the passports and take college entrance exams and English fluency tests on their behalf.
Most of the fraudulent exams were taken in Western Pennsylvania, prosecutors said.
Zou, who was legally in the country on a green card, was one of 15 people indicted in the conspiracy. Virginia Tech has expelled Zou, and immigration officials have notified her that she will face deportation proceedings, according to court documents.
At least two other people have pleaded guilty to, or were convicted of, their role in the conspiracy, including one who tried to gain admission to the University of Pittsburgh while he was living in the city. Another sent fraudulent test results to eight universities, one of which was Carnegie Mellon University.