Instructor Accused of Inflating Students’ Grades for Money, Alcohol

NEW YORK – A community college instructor was arrested on Dec. 6 and charged with grand larceny, falsifying business records, computer tampering and forgery after a six-month investigation revealed that student grades at LaGuardia Community College’s registrar’s office did not match the grades posted by college instructors.

Elvin Escano, a 46-year-old computer science instructor and lab technician, allegedly entered the registrar’s computer system to change students’ transcripts, receiving in compensation cash and alcohol from students. He is being held at $100,000 bail.

According to authorities, Escano developed a network of students to advertise his illegal services, which were carried out over a 29-month period.

Prosecutors also say that Escano instructed a student to lie before a grand jury about Escano’s involvement.

Escano denies all the charges. If convicted, he could serve up to seven years in prison.

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