MIAMI -- Two former Florida Memorial University employees and five students have been charged in a grade-changing racket that involved cash payments, computer hacking and even sexual favors.
Ellis Peet, 37, and Clifton Franklin, 32, received payments from $75 to $600 to change more than 650 grades for 122 students over a period of three years ending in 2002, court records showed. Franklin also allegedly received sex from female students after changing their grades.
Peet, a computer technician in the registrar's office, and Franklin, a data entry clerk, were fraternity brothers and acted on their own to organize the scheme, say officials at Florida Memorial, a four-year, historically black school of about 2,000 students in the working class suburb of Miami Gardens. Both graduates of the school, they also allegedly changed their own grades.