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April 29, 2013 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Allison Risoli DOB (04/24/60) of 1670 Westchester Avenue, Peekskill, was arraigned today on a Felony Complaint charging her with:

  • two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, class "E" Felonies.

Between January 24, 2013, and January 31, 2013, the defendant, the Chair of the Social Studies Department of Peekskill High School located at 1031 Elm Street in Peekskill, altered the answer sheets for two separate Regents examinations.

The answers altered were on the United States History and Government Regents Examination and the Global History and Geography Regents Examination.

The defendant, as the Chair of the Social Studies Department, is responsible for delivering completed Regents examinations to the Peekskill City School District Data Analyst. The Data Analyst, whose office is in the Peekskill City School District Administration Building, is responsible for scanning and submitting completed examinations to the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center (LHRIC), a subset of the Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services, for official scoring and filing with the State of New York.

Several days after defendant delivered to the Data Analyst the original answer sheets for the above-referenced Regents exams and after the Data Analyst scanned and submitted the examinations to LHRIC, defendant returned to the Data Analyst's Office and indicated there was a problem with a few students' answer sheets.

The defendant "reviewed" the original answer sheets while in the office. After "reviewing" the answer sheets in the Data Analyst's office, defendant returned the answer sheets to the Data Analyst.

A subsequent check of the original answer sheets that previously had been scanned and submitted to LHRIC and the answer sheets that defendant "reviewed" and handed back to the Data Analyst show defendant altered two of the answer sheets.

Specifically on both answer sheets the defendant marked the incorrect answer with an "X" and filled in the correct answer.

The defendant's alterations gave each of the students a passing score.

The defendant was releasef on her own recognizance.

The defendant's next court date is June 3, 2013.

She faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison on each count.

Assistant District Attorney Shara Abraham of the Public Integrity Bureau is prosecuting the case.


Allison Risoli

Allison Risoli


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