Test administrator spared prison sentence in US college admissions scandal
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Test administrator spared prison sentence in US college admissions scandal

A US district judge Tuesday spared Igor Dvorskiy, a former test administrator involved in a large-scale college admissions and testing bribery scheme, a prison sentence because he helped prosecutors build cases against others involved in the scheme. Dvorskiy pled guilty to accepting nearly $200,000 in bribes from parents to inflate their children’s standardized exam scores for college.

The US Department of Justice originally charged Dvorskiy with conspiracy to commit racketeering in 2019. The conspiracy involved a network of “athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest and Georgetown … as well as parents and exam administrators.” These defendants were linked through an enterprise called The Edge College & Career Network, which was a for-profit college preparatory service founded in 2007 by William Singer. Singer used a purported charity, The Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF), to funnel approximately $25 million in payments from his racketeering scheme. The racketeering involved cheating on college admissions exams and falsely claiming athletic recruitment.

Dvorskiy worked as the director of a private elementary and high school located in Los Angeles, California at the time of the conspiracy. He was also a test administrator for the College Board and ACT, Inc. In his role, Dvorskiy received compensation in exchange for manipulating students’ standardized test scores for the SAT and ACT.

US District Judge Indira Talwani sentenced Dvorskiy to one year of supervised release, including three months of home confinement, and ordered the forfeiture of $149,540. Dvorskiy is now one of more than 50 people involved in the scheme to plead guilty or face conviction at trial.