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CrimeMore parents under scrutiny by prosecutors in college admissions scandal

22:12  25 march  2019
22:12  25 march  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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As the college admissions scandal investigation widens, more parents are coming under scrutiny . Sources familiar with the investigation but not 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

As the college admissions scandal investigation widens, more parents are coming under scrutiny . Sources familiar with the investigation but not 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

More parents under scrutiny by prosecutors in college admissions scandal© EPA / Shutterstock / AP / Getty Images / Los Angeles Times Dozens of celebrities and high-profile people have been caught up in the college admissions scandal. (EPA / Shutterstock / AP / Getty Images / Los Angeles Times)

As the college admissions scandal investigation widens, more parents are coming under scrutiny.

Sources familiar with the investigation but not authorized to discuss it say several parents and their attorneys have been informed they are the subject of the federal inquiry.

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LOS ANGELES — Federal prosecutors are pursuing a new set of parents in the college admissions fraud scandal , sending ripples of fear through elite circles in Southern California and stirring speculation about which well-heeled executive or celebrity might be the next to be charged.

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More than 750 parents used self-described “master coach” William “Rick” Singer’s services, according to prosecutors.

While 33 have been charged, the sources say prosecutors have sent subpoenas to high schools in Southern California with names of students whose parents have not been charged — which suggests authorities are preparing to expand the number of prosecutions.

Some of the parents charged earlier this month are under pressure to cooperate with authorities and potentially offer more evidence. One source said some of the parents are being given a short window to consider a deal or potentially face additional charges.

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Huffman's court date pushed back in admissions scam case

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.

The college admissions scandal is shining a light on the secretive world of elite university admissions offices, which reject far more applications than they accept. Even without the outright bribery and cheating alleged this week by federal prosecutors , wealthy students and their parents

Read More . Parents in College Scandal Hire Formidable Array of Lawyers. Prosecutors say they recorded a phone call between Singer and the Colburns in which Singer said his charity was being audited and that they should tell the IRS their contributions were intended for needy children -- and

The scheme, which began in 2011, centered on a Newport Beach college placement firm run by Singer. Wealthy parents are accused of paying 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, court records show.

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. 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.

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