By Oisin Sweeney • 10 January 2021 • 9:51
The disgraced academic taught at Rome's famous La Sapienza University - Image Source: Wikimedia
AN ITALIAN professor has been jailed for 10 years over a student bribery scandal in which he charged thousands of euro for passing exam grades.
Antonio Patruno taught structural theory and statistics at the architectural faculty of Rome’s famous La Sapienza university, where he allegedly charged students huge sums of cash to secure passing exam grades.
The 76-year old, now retired, carried out his bribery conspiracy between April 2010 and June 2011 and has now been sentenced to ten years in prison by a Rome court. Prosecutors proved that the disgraced academic charged his students between 300 and 4000 euro to secure passing grades in exams, as well as carrying out other illegal services according to Italy’s Il Messaggero newspaper.
Students could pay large sums to have their thesis written by a team of secret ghostwriters employed by Patruno, who would also offer exclusive illicit private classes for 50 euro an hour. At least 25 students availed of his pricey and illegal services over the course of a year and the scandal came to light when one of his graduates secretly recorded the professor explaining his conspiracy.
During lengthy legal proceedings which have only recently concluded, the professor sought a reduced sentence but this was denied by a Roman court in 2014. The disgraced academic will spend the next decade behind bars.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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