PITTSBURGH – A Chinese citizen who lives in western Pennsylvania has pleaded guilty to charges she used phony passports to take English-language fluency tests used for college entrance purposes for two other Chinese women, including one now enrolled at Virginia Tech.
Twenty-four-year-old Yunlin Sun, of Berlin, is one of 15 Chinese citizens indicted in May. Her sentencing was set for December after her plea Monday.
Federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh allege the defendants scammed costly tests run by Educational Testing Service and the College Board.
Some defendants are students at U.S. schools who paid people to take their tests in the Pittsburgh area. Others are accused of impersonating students and taking the tests for them.
Some face deportation if they plead guilty. Sun is married to a western Pennsylvania man and hopes to remain in the U.S.
This story has been corrected to show that both tests taken by the defendant were English-language fluency examinations, and that they were taken for two other women, not just one.