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CrimeL.A. parent's tip uncovered massive college admissions scandal

19:30  15 march  2019
19:30  15 march  2019 Source:   latimes.com

Kellyanne Conway slams Huffman, Loughlin as ‘stupid’ over admissions cheating scheme

Kellyanne Conway slams Huffman, Loughlin as ‘stupid’ over admissions cheating scheme White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday excoriated actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, who authorities say were among those implicated in a massive cheating scandal to ensure their children were granted admission into the country’s most elite universities. Conway, President Trump’s top adviser, called Huffman, the “Desperate Housewives” star, and Loughlin, “Full House” alum, “stupid,” accusing them of “lying and buying” spots in college for their kids. 'They worried their daughters are as stupid as their mothers,' Conway, a mother of four, tweeted Tuesday. .

The 2019 college admissions bribery scandal refers to an alleged scheme to influence admissions decisions at American universities. Wealthy parents of college applicants are accused of paying

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin was dropped by a TV network and her daughter lost a sponsorship deal on Thursday, while students sued prestigious universities in growing fallout from a massive college bribery scandal .

A key tip that led to what authorities describe as the largest college admissions cheating scandal ever came from a Los Angeles parent who was under investigation in an unrelated securities case, according to a law enforcement source.

The source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, could not identify the parent but said the subject provided vital information that launched the investigation.

The sweeping scandal has led to criminal charges against numerous wealthy and powerful Southern California residents, including two Hollywood actresses, a famous fashion designer, a best-selling self-help author and the former CEO of a global investment firm.

It’s unclear whether the parent who aided authorities was listed in the criminal indictment filed Tuesday by federal prosecutors in Boston.

The scheme, which began in 2011, centered on a Newport Beach college placement firm run by Rick Singer. Wealthy parents paid Singer to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and to falsify athletic records of students to enable them to secure admission to elite schools, including UCLA, USC, Stanford, Yale and Georgetown, according to court records.

According to court papers, the scam unraveled last year when one of Singer’s coaches decided to go off on his own and work directly with a parent.

Rudy Meredith, Yale’s girl’s soccer for more than two decades, had previously helped Singer fake the soccer credentials of a child of a Singer client. But in spring 2018, he solicited a bribe directly from the father of a second Yale applicant, whom the Department of Justice designated as “Yale Applicant 2.”

What the coach did not know was that the parent took the proposal to federal prosecutors because the parent was already charged in a stock fraud and was looking to cut a deal, according to the court papers.

The source could not confirm whether the father of “Yale Applicant 2” is the L.A. parent.

Meredith met with the father in a Boston hotel room, which the FBI had wiretapped, according to court records.

At this meeting, the father paid Meredith $2,000 and agreed to eventually spend $450,000 on the effort.

Meredith began cooperating with the government’s investigation with the hope of receiving leniency when he is sentenced, according to the government.

He has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud, honest services wire fraud and conspiracy.

Information about the L.A. parent was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Prosecutors allege that Singer instructed parents to donate funds to a fake charity he had established as part of the scheme. Most of the parents paid at least $200,000, but some spent up to $6.5 million to guarantee their children admission to top universities, authorities said. The parents were then able to deduct the donation from their income taxes, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

The scheme itself was fairly simple, prosecutors said: Singer instructed parents to seek extended time for their children on ACT and SAT exams. In at least one instance, a student claimed to have a learning disability to obtain medical documentation required by the College Board and ACT Inc. to grant additional time on the tests, according to court documents.

Prosecutors alleged the parents’ money was also used in some cases to bribe university athletic coaches and administrators to designate applicants as athletic recruits regardless of their athletic abilities and, in some cases, even though they didn’t play the sport.

Huffman's court date pushed back in admissions scam case.
A judge has granted a request to push back actress Felicity Huffman's court appearance in Boston on charges that she participated in a college admissions cheating scam. Huffman was initially scheduled to appear in Boston federal court on March 29 along with fellow actress Lori Loughlin and other parents. But a judge on Wednesday moved Huffman's hearing to April 3. Huffman's Boston lawyer requested the delay, saying he would be out of town.

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