Cheating your way to an 'A"


TENNESSEE - Who says cheaters never prosper? Jessica Mott says she has made over a half million dollars as the owner a website that helps students cheat on their grades. It's called "PayMeTo"

The website is a New York based company with ties all over the United States, and it guarantees students an "A".

Mott says she makes no apologies for what she does.

"I personally believe most schools don't even care," said Mott. "As long as their students are getting good grades, that means a really good graduation rate for them. "

Mott started a website to help students cheat their way through school, and with over $6,000 customers, business is booming.

But the cost of cheating, has a high price. Most of her clients are college students looking to have entire online courses completed for them.

"If you have a course that is 8 weeks long, your fee would be... including, discussions, quizzes, midterm, the final, a dissertation if needed... $100 to $150 per week," said Mott.

But not everyone is looking for an easy way out. Most students at East Tennessee State University say they would not use the website.

"It's definitely thought provoking," said senior, Alex Smyth. "But I couldn't justify it just because I feel like I would be cheating myself out of something that I was supposed to learn."

Schools in our area in our area have policy's regarding academic honesty.

Northeast State Vice President of Academic Affairs, Lana Hamilton says the school provides students with a handbook every year stating the plagiarism policy.

"Every course syllabus we hand out has the academic conduct code on it," said Hamilton.

Dean of Humanities at Northeast State, William Wilson says a student's degree needs to be legitimate.

"Lets say you were wheeled into an emergency room, and your injured," said Wilson. "And your doctor looks down and says, 'You know I plagiarized all my papers on my General Education courses'. How would you feel? "

Mott doesn't necessarily disagree with Wilson, but she says, "Why should an English Major need 20 credits of Math? Why not cheat?"

"Is it Illegal? No." said Mott. "Immoral? Absolutely, but not illegal. If you were to ever get caught it would just file under academic dishonesty, that would be it."

While Mott is laughing all the way to the bank, Wilson reminds us the value of your degree means more in the long run.

"If you do the right thing your life will be better,"said Wilson. "It's amazing. It really is amazing. Do the right thing and you will be better off in your life."

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