Tutor Sought in Alleged Computer Cheating Scandal at O.C. High School Arrested At LAX

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The Newport Beach Police Department provided this photo of Timothy Lance Lai, 28, of Irvine. He was sought in an alleged computer cheating scandal at O.C. high school.

A 29-year-old tutor sought in a computer hacking scheme to change grades for students at Corona Del Mar High School was arrested at LAX on Monday, after more than a year as a fugitive.

At the time of the crimes, Timothy Lance Lai was a private tutor for several students who attended the high school.

In early 2013, Lai allegedly broke into the school and used a USB device to record keystrokes on the computers of three teachers, according to a news release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Between April and June of 2013, Lai allegedly accessed the school’s network and used that information to change the grades of three students in the classes of two different teachers, the release stated.

The hacking was discovered by one of the teachers, who contacted school administrators.

After Lai was implicated, he left the country, prosecutors said at the time.

The 29-year-old was charged Monday with one felony count of second degree commercial burglary and four felony counts of computer access and fraud.

If convicted, he faced a maximum sentence of five years and eight months in jail.