Teen pleads guilty to taking entry test for others

ABBEVILLE, SC (AP) - Prosecutors say a 16-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to taking entry exams for other people at Piedmont Technical College.

Authorities told The Index-Journal of Greenwood that a number of adults were involved in the test taking ring. The U.S. Secret Service is investigating, but did not release details about its probe.

Abbeville County sheriff's deputies say a test proctor employed by the college helped people pass the test, which could help them become eligible for a Pell Grant.

Investigators say the boy was paid $150 per test. His name was not released because he is a juvenile. He will be sentenced in Family Court later.

Prosecutors say the boy appears to be a pawn in a larger scheme.

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