Six people have been indicted on charges that they posed as others while taking nearly 600 standardized tests, federal officials announced yesterday.
The indictment accuses them of working as imposters from January 2001 through last July. It says they posed as students when they took the tests at sites in Baltimore, Columbia, Lanham and Bethesda.
The alleged scheme involved taking the Graduate Management Admission Test for students seeking admission to graduate schools and the Test of English as a Foreign Language, which is taken by foreign students who wish to study in the United States.
The accused, all from New York and New Jersey, are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, the U.S. attorney's office said.
Officials said that after the tests were taken, the results were mailed to the group, which then changed the test-taker's picture and distributed the scores to schools.
The mail and wire fraud charges stem from the distribution of the test scores. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the FBI led the investigation.
Security for the tests was provided by Thomson Prometric of Baltimore, the indictment said.