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World : Exam Cheaters Graduate to Jail

June 21, 1989|From Times wire services

ROME — An Italian court sentenced 65 staff and graduates of Rome's La Sapienza University to up to seven years in jail today for buying degrees.

The court heard that economics and science students paid an average $275 each to pass exams they never took.

Discovery of the scheme in 1985 has prompted a wider inquiry into suspected result-rigging among 1,000 graduates of other La Sapienza faculties.

The toughest jail sentences, ranging from 30 months to seven years, were imposed on two university administrative staff members, two porters and a former student.

The 60 "graduates" were given jail terms of 12 to 35 months and stripped of their degrees.

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