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What we know about Mark Riddell, a test-taking whiz linked to college cheating scam

Shortly after dawn one day last month, a tanned, golden-haired college prep coach from Florida strolled into a test center in West Hollywood, Calif., with instructions to help the daughter of a California businesswoman score high marks on her college entrance exam.

Mark Riddell, a 36-year-old Harvard graduate, did not emerge until two hours after the teen finished her ACT test and left.

Without the student's knowledge, officials say, he tweaked her answers to ensure she would score between 33 and 35, just shy of a perfect mark of 36.

Federal prosecutors have charged 50 people in a sprawling, multimillion-dollar college admissions scam in which wealthy parents are accused of bribing test prep experts and coaches to help their children cheat on standardized tests and guarantee they get

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