NJ test-prep firm accused of stealing answers

TOTOWA, N.J. (AP) -- Federal authorities in New Jersey say a test-preparation company stole questions used in the U.S. Medical Licensing Exams.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman says Optima University made it possible for customers to pass "without the minimal knowledge and skills for safe and effective practice."

The company's owners, Egija Kuka, 38, and her ex-husband, Eihab Suliman, 48, remain at large. They've been indicted on fraud charges.

Prosecutors allege Kuka used a digital device to copy questions and the couple gave the questions to clients at their test-prep centers in New Jersey and Tennessee.

The National Board of Medical Examiners has been retesting some doctors who took classes.

A board spokeswoman told the Statehouse Bureau of The Record newspaper and Star-Ledger of Newark those who fail the retest could lose their medical licenses.

Information from: The (Newark) Star-Ledger and The (Woodland Park) Record, http://www.nj.com/starledger and www.northjersey.com


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