Chinese national charged with taking the GRE exam for others

A 25-year-old woman from China is facing federal charges in Massachusetts alleging that she took graduate school entrance exams for other people, authorities said.

Yinyan Wang, a student in Pennsylvania, was arrested in that state Monday on charges of visa fraud and passport fraud, according to the office of William D. Weinreb, the acting US attorney for Massachusetts.

Wang made an initial appearance Monday in federal court in Philadelphia and will be brought to Boston to face the charges, probably later this week, Weinreb’s office said in a statement.


It wasn’t immediately known whether she had hired an attorney.

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Wang allegedly took the Graduate Record Exam, or GRE, for another Chinese citizen on Oct. 20 in Boston and presented phony identification documents at the testing site, according to prosecutors.

The government contends that Wang took the GRE or the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam, known as the TOEFL, under assumed names for other people on five prior occasions between July and August.

“Each charge provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000,” the statement said. “Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.”

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