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CrimeParents in admissions scandal have faced criticism and mocking. Now they face a judge

20:40  29 march  2019
20:40  29 march  2019 Source:   latimes.com

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.

Now they face a judge . Los Angeles Times 3/29/2019 Matthew Ormseth, Richard Winton. Some have already lost jobs. But in the coming days, many of the parents in the college admissions scandal will enter a courtroom in Boston to face criminal charges.

Now they face a judge : Huffman's court date pushed back in admissions scam case A judge has granted a request to But in the coming days, many of the parents in the college admissions scandal will enter a courtroom in Boston to face criminal charges.

Parents in admissions scandal have faced criticism and mocking. Now they face a judge© Associated Press

They have been the objects of rage, mockery and countless articles.

Some have already lost jobs.

But in the coming days, many of the parents in the college admissions scandal will enter a courtroom in Boston to face criminal charges. And in doing so, the public will begin to see how they respond to the accusations against them.

Fifteen parents charged in a scheme using William “Rick” Singer’s Newport Beach company are making appearances Friday in federal court. A dozen more — including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman — will be in the same court Wednesday.

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Now they face a judge . They have been the objects of rage, mockery and countless articles. Some have already lost jobs. But in the coming days, many of the parents in the college admissions scandal will enter a courtroom in Boston to face criminal charges. In a major college admissions

Now they face a judge . They have been the objects of rage, mockery and countless articles. Some have already lost jobs. But in the coming days, many of the parents in the college admissions scandal will enter a courtroom in Boston to face criminal charges. Meredith, the former women's

The appearances of the actresses are expected to generate intense media coverage. But each defendant is facing a different set of circumstances and varying legal strategies.

Here is what to look for:

How many are cooperating with authorities?

That is unclear.

So far, those who helped create the scam have been cooperating.

Singer, the scheme’s admitted mastermind, has already pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice. John Vandemoer, the former sailing coach at Stanford University, pleaded guilty earlier this month to a charge of racketeering conspiracy.

On Thursday, Rudy Meredith, the former Yale women’s soccer coach, admitted to pocketing bribes from parents and pleaded guilty in Boston to charges of fraud and conspiracy.

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In 2019, a scandal arose over a criminal conspiracy to influence undergraduate admissions decisions at several top American universities.

The many students enmeshed in the college admissions scandal that was unveiled last week now face a reckoning as universities seek to determine whether they were innocent victims who should keep working toward their degrees or unethical schemers worthy of discipline.

Judge Mark L. Wolf accepted the guilty plea from Meredith, who has been cooperating with authorities in Massachusetts for nearly a year, though the judge expressed concerns that prosecutors hadn’t addressed the full extent of his misdeeds.

Meredith became the third person to plead guilty in the wide-ranging scheme to slip the children of wealthy and powerful families into the some of the country’s preeminent schools by rigging college entrance exams, bribing test proctors, fabricating athletic credentials and paying off college coaches and administrators.

Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts have implicated 50 people in the fraud, including Hollywood actresses, a fashion designer and titans of business and finance.

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Why might parents eventually work with prosecutors?

Some of those named in the charges are under pressure from federal prosecutors to make deals, which could occur in the coming week as the defendants go to court.

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Parents could face tax charges, big fines in admissions scam: More parents under scrutiny by prosecutors in college admissions scandal As the college ad Now they face a judge . They have been the objects of rage, mockery and countless articles. Some have already lost jobs.

A major college admissions scandal has laid bare the price of entry for some wealthy families — and the cost for everyone else. Two of the most prominent parents in the case, the chairman of a major law firm and a partner at a private equity company, have also been placed on leave.

Some of those were caught on wiretaps talking about cheating and bribes aimed at getting their kids into elite colleges, court records show. There are also documented emails, checks and financial transfers for payments to Singer’s charity and businesses owned by several coaches linked to the scam.

Legal experts have said that evidence would likely weigh on some parents to make deals.

Are more parents likely to be charged?

Prosecutors hinted Thursday that more charges could be forthcoming. The judge in the case asked whether there was a superseding indictment concerning another father, unnamed in court filings, who allegedly paid $1.2 million for Meredith to facilitate his daughter’s admittance to Yale as a recruited soccer player. The student is referred to in court papers as “Yale Applicant 1.”

A prosecutor told the judge: “There haven’t been charges publicly revealed about the family of Yale Applicant 1.”

More than 750 parents used Singer’s services. But sources have said only a relatively small number are suspected of illegal activity.

Lori Loughlin Is All Smiles After Landing in Boston for College Admissions Scandal Court Appearance

Lori Loughlin Is All Smiles After Landing in Boston for College Admissions Scandal Court Appearance The actress and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, will appear alongside Felicity Huffman in court on Wednesday.

In what is being called the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted, wealthy parents , Hollywood actresses, coaches and college prep executives have been accused of carrying out a nationwide fraud to get students into prestigious universities, according to a federal indictment.

Some of the 33 parents who are charged in the college admissions scandal have lost jobs, had book contracts canceled and Even before the 33 parents charged in the scandal have their cases heard in court, they are facing repercussions, from the limitations that come with being on bail to the shame

While dozens 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.

Ormseth reported from Boston and Winton from Los Angeles.

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