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Ohio woman gets probation for changing test scores

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A judge has handed two years of probation to a former Ohio Department of Education employee who admitted that she altered scores on the state high-school equivalency exam to benefit family members and friends.

Forty-one-year-old Kathleen Garner pleaded guilty in Columbus on Monday to one count each of tampering with records and forgery.

Garner transferred to the general equivalence diploma division in July 2010. Within four days, prosecutors said, she had used a state computer to record a passing grade on the GED test for her husband.

Prosecutors said that in 2011 she altered records to give passing grades to five other people she knew, including a brother and a nephew.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Garner apologized in court, saying she thought she was helping those people.

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