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Dozens Indicted in College Admissions Scam

Dozens Indicted in College Admissions Scam

Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among 50 parents, coaches, and administrators indicted this week after participating in a nationwide scheme to get students accepted into elite universities without the required credentials.

“This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady applications of wealth combined with fraud,” explains US Attorney Andrew Lelling. “There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy, and I’ll add that there will not be a separate criminal justice system either.”

The scheme was orchestrated by William “Rick” Singer and his fake non-profit “Edge College and Career Network.” According to prosecutors, Singer was paid millions of dollars to guarantee children admission into prestigious universities like Stanford, Yale, Georgetown, and UCLA.

Singer’s tactics included:

  • Hiring proctors to take exams or correct false answers
  • Convincing psychologists that children required more time on tests due to learning disabilities
  • Bribing coaches to give children undeserved athletic scholarships

In describing his business to a client, Singer said, “What we do is help the wealthiest families in the US get their kids into school…my families want a guarantee.”

Singer has been charged with racketeering, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. He is expected to plead guilty to all charges.

According to court documents, Loughlin paid Singer $500,000 to guarantee her two daughters’ acceptance to USC through a crew team scholarship despite neither daughter having ever participated in crew. Huffman and her husband paid Singer $15,000 to correct their daughter’s answers on a college entrance exam.

Both women  were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

“For every student admitted through fraud, an honest genuinely talented student was rejected,” notes Lelling.

Author’s Note: Rather than prepare their children for college and follow the rules, Loughlin and others decided to use their wealth to give their children an unfair advantage.

Unfortunately, if these kids weren’t smart enough to get into an elite university then they probably don’t have the brains to make it to graduation. In most cases, the students didn’t even know their parents were cheating for them.

Editor’s Note: I hope the colleges in question have the fortitude to kick these “students” out. This is the kind of snobbish elitist crime that can and should follow them for a long time.

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  1. D. Vinson

    The student should not be targeted because, as you stated, most of them were completely unaware of the fraudulent activity.

    • Joe Gilbertson

      Not buying it. Plus they did not earn their way, they should be kicked out. If they already have their degrees, they should be revoked.

  2. Brenda Hart

    If they are Freshman, they should be required to retest and requalify. If current students, their GPA should be evaluated
    determining if they should stay. If degrees have already been
    earned, they should not be revoked because, hopefully, this time it was earned.
    If there weren’t smart enough to be accepted legitimately,
    them they worked really hard to over compensate one there.
    That should not be cancelled out because of parents who cheat.

    • Joe Gilbertson

      If I have kids in that school, I don’t want them associating with cheaters. And make no mistake, if the parents are cheaters, the kids are cheaters whether they knew about this particular cheat or not. Kick their asses out.

  3. Pam Williamson

    If the Government didn’t set such a bad example like Hitlary Clinton getting away with out prosecution how can we expect actresses who get paid to lie not to lie? Double standards all around us.

  4. Amarllis Hazlip

    I totally agree, Pam.