The Irvine tutor who helped a group of high-achieving Newport Beach students hack into their teacher’s computer to change grades and steal tests pleaded guilty Tuesday and was immediately sentenced to one year in jail and five years probation.
Timothy Lance Lai pleaded guilty in Orange County Superior Court to 20 felony counts of computer access and fraud and one felony count of commercial burglary for his involvement in the cheating scheme.
The 29-year-old originally faced a possible sentence of up to 16 years.
“It’s beyond my understanding how you thought you could get away with this,” Judge Robert Fitzgerald told Lai before issuing his sentence. “The truth always comes out.”
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