Two Canadian medical school hopefuls are going to have to postpone their plans after they were caught orchestrating a high-tech cheating scam while taking their entrance exams.
Josiah Miguel Ruben and Houman Rezazadeh-Azar each face charges of theft, unauthorized use of a computer, using a device to obtain unauthorized service and theft of data after police busted the two men using secret cameras and wireless transmitters to share information while sitting for the MCAT exam on Jan. 29, CBC News reported.
According to police, Rezazadeh-Azar, taking the test at the University of Victoria on British Columbia's Victoria Island, used a pinhole camera to take pictures of the MCAT questions on a computer screen.
Meanwhile his accomplice, Ruben, who was at the University of British Columbia, had hoodwinked three students into answering the questions by telling them they were part of a job application to be an MCAT tutor.
Ruben then transmitted the answers back to Rezazadeh-Azar by phone.
It didn't all pan out for the scheming would-be doctors: the tutors became suspicious over the facts that the test questions appeared as low-quality images on Ruben's computer screen, and that they were allowed to discuss and collaborate before answering.
When Ruben left the room to call his partner in crime, the students, suspecting foul play, called campus security. And in a final bit of academic justice, the conned tutors began submitting wrong answers to the MCAT questions while they waited for officers to arrest Ruben, CBC News said