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NOVEMBER 13, 2017

U.S. charges Chinese woman in college exam fraud

By Nate Raymond


BOSTON (Reuters) - A Chinese college student was arrested on Monday in the latest case to stem from U.S. investigations into international students who authorities say hire imposters to take exams on their behalf to gain admission to American universities.

Xinyan Wang, a student at Lehigh Carbon Community College in Pennsylvania, on six different occasions since July took college entrance exams under other peoples’ names, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Boston.

Wang, 27, most recently on Oct. 20 in Boston took the GRE admissions exam for graduate school using a counterfeit Chinese passport and a visa in another person’s name that contained photos that resembled her, according to charging papers.

Wang was arrested in Pennsylvania on charges that she committed visa fraud and used a false passport, according to court records. A lawyer for Wang could not be immediately identified.

Amid an increasingly affluent population, more Chinese students have been enrolling in U.S. colleges and universities, attracted by the prospect of a prestigious American education and good jobs.

The number of Chinese students studying in the United States in the 2016-17 academic year rose by 6.8 percent to 350,755, the Institute of International Education reported on Monday.

U.S. authorities said that in some instances they have identified schemes in which foreign students, unable to pass college entrance exams, hire imposters to take them in their place in order to apply for admission to American schools.

In May, federal prosecutors in Boston charged four women from China who they said sought to cheat on entrance exams used to gain admission to American universities and colleges.

Prosecutors said one of the women was paid to take the TOEFL, the English-language exam used to assess foreign applicants, for the other three women. Three of the four women have pleaded guilty.

Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; editing by Diane Craft


Source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-education-crime/u-s-charges-chinese-woman-in-college-exam-fraud-idUSKBN1DD2I7



用假护照签证 中国女生6次代考美国大学


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  一名中国留美预科学生星期一被捕,这是美国展开的调查国际学生寻找代考者以获取美国大学录取资格的最新一起事件。

  据路透社报道,这位名叫王新燕(Xinyan Wang,音译)的女生是宾夕法尼亚州雷·卡本社区(Lehigh Carbon)社区学院的学生。根据波士顿联邦法院提交的一项刑事诉讼显示,她从今年七月开始,替他人代考大学入学考试六次。

  控罪文件显示,王新燕今年27岁,她最近一次代考是今年10月20日在波士顿的GRE考试。她使用伪造的中国护照和签证,名字是其他人,但是使用的是她自己的照片。

  根据法庭记录,王某在宾夕法尼亚州被捕,她被指控签证欺诈、使用假护照等罪名。

  随着中国人逐渐富裕,越来越多的学生到美国留学,希望得到高质量的教育和更好的就业前景。但是一些学生无法通过入学考试,于是选择雇人替考以得到美国大学的录取。

  国际教育研究所11月13日的报告显示,2016至2017学年在美留学的中国学生人数增长了6.8%,达到350,755人。

  今年5月,波士顿联邦检察官曾经指控四名来自中国的女性,这些中国女性为了获得美国大学入学资格 ,涉嫌入学考试欺诈。

  检察官说,其中一名女子替另外三名代考托福。目前,这四名女子中有三人已经认罪,这三人接受了检方提出的以遣返换取不被监禁的条件。

  美国之音今年9月12日曾经报道,举办托福考试的教育测验服务中心(ETS)的发言人托马斯‧A. 伊文(Thomas A. Ewing)向美国之音说明了ETS因为托福作弊的行为所受到的伤害。伊文说:“任何雇用枪手替他们考试来骗取高分的人,损害了大多数认真学习准备考试的学生的利益。这些雇用枪手的人占用了诚实学生的入学名额。”

  他还说:“ETS之所以会受到伤害是因为大专院校依赖托福成绩来决定哪些学生具有入校学习所必备的学术英语能力。如果通过造假或不法手段获取分数,那么,不仅是这个人的分数,来自某特定国家的其他人的分数可信度都会令人质疑。”

  对于想要在托福考试中作弊的人,曾经担任过多年检察官的杰德‧E. 戴维斯(Jed E. Davis)律师劝诫说:“最好三思,因为对自己和家人的后果可能不堪设想。”












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