31 charged in test-fixing scheme at Coast Guard exam center

Federal prosecutors charged 31 individuals related to a yearslong test score-fixing scheme at a U.S. Coast Guard exam center in Louisiana.

Prosecutors allege that over the course of seven years, Dorothy Smith, a credentialing specialist at the Mandeville testing center, “engaged in a scheme to defraud the United States” by accepting bribes in return for fixing tests so applicants could obtain licenses to serve in various positions aboard Coast Guard vessels.

The indictment outlined a plot of “deceit, craft, trickery, and dishonest means” of falsely reporting that applicants “had appeared for examinations, had passed examinations, had achieved certain examination module scores, had fulfilled certain requirements for endorsements,
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