Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among 50 snared in elite college cheating scam, authorities say - Shortage of Hallmark Christmas movies expected later this year

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Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among more than four dozen people charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scandal that involved wealthy individuals paying up to $6.5 million to place their children into elite universities, according to court records revealed Tuesday.

The alleged scam -- which involved students being placed into top colleges such as Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, University of Southern California, UCLA and the University of Texas -- was run by a man in California, William Rick Singer, who helped parents get their children into the schools through bribes, court documents unsealed in Boston showed.

Singer, who authorities said will plead guilty to racketeering, ran the charity, Key Worldwide Foundation, which received $25 million in total to guarantee the admissions, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said during a Tuesday news conference.

Most of the students did not know their admission to the school was due to a bribe, authorities said.

The children’s parents would allegedly pay a specified amount of money fully aware it would be used to gain college admission. The money would then go toward an SAT or ACT administrator or a college athletic coach who would fake a profile for the prospective student — regardless of their athletic ability, according to the charging documents.

"There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy and there will not be a separate criminal justice system either," Lelling said. "We're not talking about donating a building so a school is more likely to take your son or daughter, we're talking about deception or fraud."

On a call with one parent, prosecutors said, Singer described the business simply: “What we do is help the wealthiest families in the US get their kids into school... my families want a guarantee.”

Singer would help his clients' children by having another individual take SAT or ACT tests on behalf of the students, officials said. Parents would allegedly pay up to $75,000 for each test and wire money to "charitable accounts."

"Singer used the purported charitable donations from parents, at least in part, to bribe two SAT and ACT test administrators," court documents stated.

Among the college coaches involved in the alleged scheme was Rudy Meredith, the former head women's soccer coach at Yale, and John Vandemoer, the sailing coach at Stanford University.

For one applicant, Meredith — who resigned from his position in November — created a fake athletic profile and said the person was a recruit for the Yale women's soccer team even though the applicant "did not play competitive soccer."

Singer gave Meredith $400,000 after the student was admitted to Yale, court documents stated.

A Georgetown tennis coach received bribe money between 2012 and 2018 from Singer that amounted to more than $2.7 million, according to the documents.

"In exchange for the bribes, the Georgetown coach designated approximately 12 applicants as recruits for the Georgetown tennis team, including some who did not play tennis competitively, thereby facilitating their admission to the university," documents read.

Huffman and her husband allegedly helped their daughter with her college admission by making a “purported charitable contribution of $15,000...to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme,” the documents said. “Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so."

The court documents also stated that "[Loughlin] agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team -- despite the fact that they did not participate in crew -- thereby facilitating their admission to USC."
 

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Reminds me of one of my favorite movie scenes of all time, where a boy's father tries to bribe the teacher to get him to pass his physics class.


I'm honestly surprised that there were enough people who gave a shit about this type of corruption. It's kind of heartening really that this is a court case.
 

Wargarbl

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What happened to the time-honored tradition of wealthy and/or famous assholes hobnobbing with admissions and making a generous donation with the understanding their shitty kid gets in to the school? Are these kids so aggressively stupid that admissions can't play it off?

Also, who the fuck needs bribes to attend the University of Texas and UCLA? Those are just well-regarded public schools, it's not like Stanford with its <1% admission rate. If your parents need to pay out tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to get you into a public uni, maybe college isn't for you.
 

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What happened to the time-honored tradition of wealthy and/or famous assholes hobnobbing with admissions and making a generous donation with the understanding their shitty kid gets in to the school? Are these kids so aggressively stupid that admissions can't play it off?

Also, who the fuck needs bribes to attend the University of Texas and UCLA? Those are just well-regarded public schools, it's not like Stanford with its <1% admission rate. If your parents need to pay out tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to get you into a public uni, maybe college isn't for you.
Funny even at the press conference the prosecutor referenced that time honored tradition of a new building for Jrs admission. Going to guess these were ppl a little lower on the money ladder that couldn’t pay $10 mil for a new building to secure baby’s admission, but they could pay anywhere from $15k to $500,000. (Apparently someone also paid $6.5 mil but that was an outlier)

I wondered the same thing when I read some of the schools involved. Apparently Huffman paid for a rigged SAT score for her daughter. It was stated the daughter previous scored about 950 combined on a practice SAT - after mom paid $15K the proctor corrected her test and she scored 1450. So mommy knew her little angel needed big help.

LOL, what kind of elite family needs to bribe anyone to get their idiot sprogs in to the ivy league? Most will do it just for the future endowments.
I thought the same thing. The celebrity factor plus the money would have been enough for most colleges. Maybe they just didn’t want to put in the time to court the college admission reps and just wanted to know who to write the check to to get it done.

It’s not surprising in Lauri Loughlin’s case because I doubt she understood much about the admissions process. Shes a pretty faced ditz and didn’t go to college herself. But Huffman went to Putney and had a pedigreed higher education, maybe that’s why Huffman just paid for good test scores while Laughlin paid for the total package of fake sports recruitment.
 

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Funny even at the press conference the prosecutor referenced that time honored tradition of a new building for Jrs admission. Going to guess these were ppl a little lower on the money ladder that couldn’t pay $10 mil for a new building to secure baby’s
Kinda like brazilians that take a helicopter to go the mall, but they're not wealthy enough to own their own so they timeshare one with other scrubs.
 

RodgerDodger

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/scratches head

I remain confused. It's been the rule for centuries that if you want to get your brain dead nitwit kid into an elite private school, you buy them a building or similar. And how is it a Federal case when the schools in question are Private Institutions not Public. They can certainly cut all the side deals they wish or allocate seats based on whatever terms, including financial support of the institution. Yeah it's scummy, but I remain confused in how it is illegal?
 

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/scratches head

I remain confused. It's been the rule for centuries that if you want to get your brain dead nitwit kid into an elite private school, you buy them a building or similar. And how is it a Federal case when the schools in question are Private Institutions not Public. They can certainly cut all the side deals they wish or allocate seats based on whatever terms, including financial support of the institution. Yeah it's scummy, but I remain confused in how it is illegal?
They are bribing coaches and office personnel, not university presidents. They are also bribing these people to commit fraud.
 

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imagine being just an average intelligence kid who didn't know any of this was happening
you think you are doing okay and you are trying your best even if you feel like your peers are smarter than you are
you think you are a good student because you made it into a difficult college and you are proud of yourself for your hard work even though it's stressful being an average kid at a competitive school
then you find out that your parents bribed people to make it happen. your parents did not believe that you could achieve on your own. your parents went behind your back to commit crimes because they thought you needed help you never wanted
what does that do to a young person's self esteem?
 
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