A Chinese woman is set to be deported after admitting to using an impostor to take her university English test.
On Monday, Pennsylvania State University student Huang Leyi admitted to cheating on her college-entrance exam by paying a test taker to answer her English-language exam, Reuters reports.
Documents from a Boston federal court revealed that the 21-year-old student from China pleaded guilty to “conspiring to defraud the United States” by impeding a visa program that sets standards for the admittance of international students administered by the Department of Homeland Security.
According to state prosecutors, Huang paid a test taker $3,000 to take her TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) for her in March 2016. She was required to take the test used in assessing foreign applicants’ English language skills after she failed to achieve Penn State’s minimum entrance exam score.
As per a broker’s instructions, she reportedly mailed her Chinese passport to an address in Massachusetts. Hult International Business School student Wang Yue used Huang’s passport to take the TOEFL on her behalf.
Wang was also implicated in taking tests for at least two other Chinese women seeking to pass university admissions in the U.S. Similarly, the other women were issued student visas based on their admission to universities.
Wang, Huang and the two other women were arrested on immigration-related charges in May 2017. After pleading guilty and agreeing to be deported, Huang, Wang and the two other women were sentenced to time served.
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