Roommates, we’ve seen the rich and famous throw money at their problems many times before, and for the most part, it worked! Unfortunately for the 50 people involved in this college admissions scam, the jig is up!
According to Fox News, federal authorities have charged college coaches, standardized test administrators, and a total of 33 star-studded parents who paid enormous amounts of money to guarantee their children’s admission into elite schools.
History tells of the wealthy donating money to universities to get their children admitted, or even paying for buildings and computers–but prosecutors say this is flat out fraud.
Parents reportedly paid admissions consultant, William Singer, a total of $25 million from 2011 through February 2019 to bribe coaches and administrators to falsely label their children as recruited athletes. The list of schools includes Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA, and the University of Texas.
Among the parents involved are “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin, and “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman. Authorities say the women, along with other parents, would pay Singer to bribe university athletic coaches to list their children as admitted athletes, hire individuals to take the children’s SAT and ACT exams for them, or bribe testing center proctors to correct answers on the exams.
“There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy and there will not be a separate criminal justice system either,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Leiling said.
Huffman and her husband allegedly helped their daughter’s admission process by donating $15,000 to Singer’s fake charity, ‘Key Worldwide Foundation’. The funds were then used to pay an SAT proctor to correct their daughter’s answers on the exam.
Court documents also stated Aunt Becky was in on the scheme as well. She allegedly agreed to pay a total of $500,000 in bribed in exchange for her two daughters being falsely recruited to the USC crew team.
At this time, William Singer has been charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, and obstruction of justice. Huffman and Loughlin face charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.