California Students Busted for Selling Grades on Black Market

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. – Thirty four Diablo Valley College students and former students are facing felony charges for participating in what local authorities have termed a “grades-for-cash” scheme.

The underground business, supposedly in operation from 2001 to 2006, allowed students to pay thousands of dollars to raise their grades or add classes with grades to their transcripts. Four of those charged are former student employees who allegedly used the computers to alter grades. The other 30 were students who participated in the program.

The government issued arrest warrants for charges of computer fraud and conspiracy, according to Contra Costa District Attorney Robert Kochly.

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