A former Rhodes College student pleaded guilty Tuesday to hacking into the college’s computer system to change his grades and keep his scholarship. (Photo: Joe Rondone/The Commercial Appeal)
A former Rhodes College student pleaded guilty Tuesday to hacking into the college’s computer system to change his grades and keep his scholarship.
Michael Geddati, 20, was a freshman pre-med major when between December 2017 and May 2018, he accessed various systems without authorization to raise his grades.
Geddati’s actions were detected after a faculty member noticed that the grade in the computer system was higher than the one Geddati had earned.
The investigation showed that on dozens of occasions, Geddati logged in as an instructor, he frequently changed his grades and was able to download an exam ahead of when it was given.
Investigators traced the IP address to Geddati’s family’s account. The college convened an honor council hearing and Geddati was expelled.
As part of his plea, Geddati will pay more than $72,000 in restitution, including the repayment of his $30,000 scholarship to Rhodes.
He could be sentenced to up to five years in federal prison and fined up to $250,000.
Geddati was released from federal custody on his own recognizance Tuesday and was required to surrender his passport.
A sentencing hearing by U.S. District Judge Thomas Parker is scheduled for May 24.
This story will be updated.
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