Four rabbis were arrested Wednesday on suspicion that they had fraudulently obtained certification qualifying them to become city rabbis, including having other people take examinations in their place, police said in a statement.

All four of the suspects had applied to become city rabbis, submitting allegedly forged copies of the certificates they required to qualify them for the senior public positions, police said.

Police suspect the rabbis, who are from different cities, obtained the certificates without attending the necessary examinations. Among the means they allegedly used were forging exam results and having impersonators take the exams in their place.