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Police recorded student-tutor conversation in Newport cheating scandal
Police recorded student-tutor conversation in Newport cheating scandal

A private tutor accused of hacking into a Newport Beach high school’s computer system to boost student grades freely discussed the alleged scheme with an involved student during a phone call that was recorded by police, according to school documents. During the recorded conversation, Timothy Lance Lai, 29, allegedly implicated himself in the cheating scheme and identified students who were involved in the scandal, the documents show. A hearing is scheduled Friday that could determine whether the recording would be allowed as evidence in Lai’s trial. The former tutor — who vanished when the cheating scandal exploded in 2013 and then was arrested last year at Los...

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