Student sentenced in grade changing case

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – A man police said tampered with Purdue University computers to change his grades was back in court Monday.

Sujay Sharma (Photo Provided)
Sujay Sharma (Photo Provided)

Purdue student Sujay Sharma was sentenced to 18 months supervised probation, 200 hours community service, and must testify against Mitsutoshi Shirasaki.

Prosecutors said Sharma and two friends, Shirasaki and Roy Sun, stole passwords from a professor and then changed their grades.

The investigation started at the end of 2013. In December, Sharma pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit computer tampering.

Investigators said the three worked together for years to tamper with a professor’s computer, steal passwords and then change their grades.

Prosecutors said Shirasaki is believed to be in Japan and is wanted on a warrant. In November, the prosecutor’s office asked the federal government to help bring him back to Indiana to face charges, but it’s a process that could months or even years.

Late last year, Sun pleaded guilty to three charges, including two counts of computer tampering and one count of conspiracy to commit computer tampering.

Sun is scheduled to be sentenced in court later this week. He could spend up to four years behind bars for those charges.

News 18′s Holly Campbell will have more on Sharma’s sentencing today on News 18 at Five and Six.

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