BYU-Idaho student arrested for hacking into grades


REXBURG, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say a former student of Brigham Young University-Idaho altered his college transcript to rise from failing to obtaining $7,000 in academic scholarships.

Jacob Mahonri Espinal is charged with two counts of computer fraud and one count of grand theft. The 24-year-old remained in the Madison County Jail on $50,000 bond Wednesday after being charged Nov. 9.

Investigators say Espinal was a student employee with access to a computer system that allowed him to change his status from being on academic probation to being a straight-A student.

Police say he also sent his altered transcript to BYU in Provo, LDS Business College and the University of Utah.

Espinal’s preliminary hearing is set for Thursday.

His public defender declined to comment to The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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