Financial Titans and Influential Lawyers Charged in College Admissions Scam

Financial Titans and Influential Lawyers Charged in College Admissions Scam

Financial Titans and Influential Lawyers Charged in College Admissions Scam

The accused, who also include chief executives, financiers, the chairman of a prominent law firm, a winemaker and fashion designer, allegedly cheated on admissions tests and arranged for bribes to get their children into prestigious schools including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said. "USC is conducting an internal investigation and will take employment actions as appropriate".

College scam involving dozens of suspects uncovers a secret world of parents buying college admissions for their kids.

The University of Texas has fired men's tennis coach Michael Center after he was among those indicted on charges of taking bribes to help students get into top schools.

In detailed narratives interspersed with email excerpts and phone transcripts, the feds paint college counselor William Singer as the ringleader of the pay-to-play enterprise. Investigators say he would get parents to finagle a phony learning disability diagnosis to get their children extra time to take the SAT or ACT. While administrators of college entrance exams are implicated, no students or universities were charged. Parents gave donations to Singer's nonprofit foundation to mask the bribery, according to the indictment.

McGlashan's conversations with a cooperating witness were captured via wiretap, in which the CEO allegedly discussed making a fake athletic profile for his son, so that he could be admitted to the University of Southern California as a recruited athlete.

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Telephone messages seeking comment have been left with Caplan, who is accused of paying $75,000 to get a test supervisor to correct the answers on his daughter's ACT exam after she took it.

Accused of paying $75,000 to have his daughter's college test score fixed, Caplan was was released on a $500,000 bond after a court appearance Tuesday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of MA.

"He does have really strong legs", McGlashan told Singer, according to charging records.

That's a lot of money and definitely cheating - but it's certainly a lot cheaper than the $500,000 Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli (of Target's Mossimo Supply Co. fame), reportedly paid to have their two daughters recruited to the USC crew team and thus guaranteeing their admission into the school.

Some attempted to ply the sport and then quit; some claimed injuries and never joined the teams, others, Lelling said, "simply never showed up" to play. "There can be no separate college-admission system for the wealthy, and I'll add there will not be a separate criminal-justice system either".

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