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CrimeSome accused in the alleged cheating scandal paid enough in bribes for a full college education

11:25  13 march  2019
11:25  13 march  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Among Dozens Charged in College Entrance Exam Scandal

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Among Dozens Charged in College Entrance Exam Scandal Several NCAA D-1 college coaches have also been charged in the scandal. Documents show those indicted allegedly paid millions in bribes to get their children into elite colleges. Those colleges include Yale, Stanford and the University of Southern California. Loughlin and husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying $500,000 to USC in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the college's crew team — even though they did not participate in crew — thereby guaranteeing their admission in the college, according to documents. The FBI and U.S.

In a major college admissions scandal that laid bare the elaborate lengths some wealthy parents will go to Parents paid Mr. Singer about million from 2011 until February 2019 to bribe coaches and university administrators to Who’s Been Charged in the College Admissions Cheating Scandal ?

Admission to many colleges and universities has never been entirely meritocratic. I went to a college where it was. To get into Brooklyn College , I and These include financial contributions from affluent parents, athletic success and racial diversity. In the case of the alleged illegal admissions, there were

Some of the 33 parents charged Tuesday with cheating to get their children into prestigious schools may have paid enough in bribes to cover the full cost of a college education and then some.

Two SAT/ACT administrators, an exam proctor, nine coaches at elite schools, a college administrator and 33 parents -- a total of 50 people -- are accused of participating in a scheme that involved cheating on standardized tests and bribing college coaches and others to admit students as athletes regardless of their abilities, prosecutors revealed in a federal indictment. The scandal is being called the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.

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Lori Loughlin expected to surrender Wednesday to face college bribery scandal charges: report Actress Lori Loughlin was expected to surrender Wednesday to face charges in connection with a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal involving wealthy individuals and celebrities who allegedly paid millions and carried out fraud to place their children in elite universities.

Federal prosecutors allege that the parents of college applicants paid upwards of a total of million in Federal prosecutors alleged a bribery and college admission cheating scheme of three folds in Bribing varsity coaches and administrators of elite universities and colleges in order to nominate

According to the FBI complaints made public, the four coaches involved are Auburn assistant Chuck Person, Southern California assistant Tony Bland, Arizona assistant Emanuel Richardson and Oklahoma State assistant Lamont Evans. USA TODAY Sports.

FBI Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta said some parents spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million to guarantee admissions for their children.

Some accused in the alleged cheating scandal paid enough in bribes for a full college education © Getty Images Lori Loughlin, William Singer and Felicity Huffman The relatives of one applicant paid a California business owner $1.2 million to falsely describe the individual as the co-captain of a well-known soccer California soccer team, although the applicant did not play competitive soccer, prosecutors said.

The average annual cost of tuition and fees at a private, four-year college is $29,478, according to the most recent report from the US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics.

"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud," Andrew Lelling, the US attorney for Massachusetts, said. "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."

Obama family tennis coach charged in college admissions scheme

Obama family tennis coach charged in college admissions scheme A tennis instructor for former first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, was among dozens of people indicted by federal authorities in a college admissions scandal announced Tuesday. Gordon Ernst, who previously served as a tennis coach at Georgetown University before becoming the women’s tennis coach at the University of Rhode Island, is accused of conspiracy to commit racketeering while he was employed at the Washington, D.C., school. There is no suggestion in the indictment that the Obamas have been implicated in the scheme. Prosecutors allege Gordon accepted more than $2.

She alleges that President Nicolás Maduro is implicated and that a top court is blocking an investigation. Former President Alejandro Toledo, accused of taking m in bribes , is thought to be living in the Some are already out of jail and serving their sentences at home. How they did it: The

College basketball has a long, baroque history of malfeasance involving under-the-table deals, but rarely, if ever, have federal In the first scheme, one complaint charged that Chuck Person , the associate head coach at Auburn, abused his coaching position to solicit and obtain bribes from a

The parents alleged to have been involved include CEOs, a fashion designer, the chairman of a global law firm and actors including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, Lelling said.

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He added, "For every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected."

How the money was spent

Much of the indictment revolves around William Rick Singer, the founder of a for-profit college counseling and preparation business known as The Key.

"OK, so, who we are ... what we do is we help the wealthiest families in the US get their kids into school," Singer told one parent, according to prosecutors.

Lelling explained the two main avenues for carrying out the scheme.

"I'll speak more broadly, there were essentially two kinds of fraud that Singer was selling," Lelling said of the accusations that span from 2011 to 2019. "One was to cheat on the SAT or ACT, and the other was to use his connections with Division I coaches and use bribes to get these parents' kids into school with fake athletic credentials."

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A college basketball bribery scandal leads to arrests of 10 people — including an Adidas executive. An Adidas executive was arrested on suspicion of paying thousands of dollars in bribes to athletes to persuade them to attend universities sponsored by the sportswear brand.

Amateurism prohibits college athletes from receiving gifts upon threat of athletes losing scholarships and schools facing various sanctions. By accepting those bribes , the Justice Department observes, the players became ineligible to compete in the NCAA. These five defendants are also accused of

For example, prosecutors said Singer and his co-conspirators used stock photos of a person playing a sport and then put the face of a student onto that image via Photoshop.

Singer was paid roughly $25 million by parents to help their children get in to schools, the US attorney said.

Singer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice, prosecutors said.

Actresses are allegedly on tape discussing scheme

Best known for her role on TV's "Desperate Housewives," Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 to Singer's fake charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation, to facilitate cheating for her daughter on the SATs, the complaint says.

Her daughter received a 1420 on her test, which was 400 points higher than a PSAT taken a year earlier without the same administrator, the complaint states.

Huffman also discussed the scheme in a recorded phone call with a cooperating witness, the complaint says.

Huffman has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to court paperwork filed Monday in federal court in Massachusetts. She was arrested without incident at her home, the FBI said.

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ATLANTA — In a dramatic conclusion to what has been described as the largest cheating scandal in the nation’s history, a jury here on Wednesday convicted 11 educators for their roles in a standardized test cheating scandal that tarnished a major school district’s reputation and raised broader questions

She appeared Tuesday in a federal court in Los Angeles where a judge set bond for her at $250,000 and federal agents took her passport.

Her next court date has been set for March 29 in Boston.

Loughlin, who played Aunt Becky on "Full House," is facing the same felony charge. Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was also charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Giannulli and Loughlin allegedly agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team, even though they did not participate in crew, the complaint said.

The money was given to Singer's fake charity, and in a recorded phone call Singer clarified that the money was actually for getting their daughters into USC crew, according to the complaint.

Giannulli appeared in court Tuesday, where a magistrate judge set a $1 million bond and ordered him to surrender his passport.

Even though she was not present in court, prosecutors and Loughlin's attorneys agreed on similar terms as well as permission for her to travel to Vancouver and back for work.

CNN has contacted Iconix Brand Group, which owns Giannulli's namesake fashion company, Mossimo.

CNN is also working to get comment from the actresses' representatives.

Fallout from college admissions scandal worsening for accused parents, universities

Fallout from college admissions scandal worsening for accused parents, universities The college admissions cheating scandal that was revealed this week is shaping up to have long-term ramifications for both the parents accused in the scheme and the large world of getting into college. • Some of the parents who are accused of cheating to get their children into elite schools are facing civil lawsuits in addition to federal criminal charges. FULL COVERAGE: Dozens charged — including Hollywood actresses — in connection with college admissions scheme » • Meanwhile, there is talk in Congress of new laws aimed at cracking down, and the Department of Education is also reviewing the case. • Several of the colleges involved have launched their own probes.

Some of the biggest names in college sports — from Adidas to the University of Louisville — were caught up in the "The picture of college basketball painted by the charges is not a pretty one — coaches at some of Adidas executive James Gatto is charged in an alleged NCAA bribery scheme.

The world of college basketball was rocked Tuesday when four assistant coaches were indicted by federal authorities for Some of the money was retained by Richardson, and some Bland allegedly took ,000 in bribes from Dawkins, Sood, and UC-1 to steer USC players to retain Dawkins and

The colleges involved

Coaches from Yale, Stanford, the University of Southern California, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated in the case. The extensive case involved arrests in six states across the country.

"The Department of Justice believes that Yale has been the victim of a crime perpetrated by a former coach who no longer works at the university," the university said in a statement sent out to the school. "The corrupt behavior alleged by the Department of Justice is an affront to our university's deeply held values of inclusion and fairness."

Georgetown told students that the coach arrested in their case, "has not coached our tennis team since December 2017, when he was placed on leave after the Office of Undergraduate Admissions identified irregularities in his recruitment practices and the University initiated an internal investigation."

The University of Southern California said it is reviewing its application process.

What happens to the students?

It was not an accident that no students were charged on Tuesday, said Lelling, the US attorney. The parents and other defendants were "the prime movers of this fraud," he said. He said students may face charges down the road.

Students tied to U.S. college admissions scandal could face expulsion.
Students tied to U.S. college admissions scandal could face expulsion

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